New Zealand Puts A Ban On Odd Future
BANDS are forever being banned from various countries. One thing seems to be more prevalent than others – these acts are usually hip hop outfits.
And again, New Zealand immigration authorities have decided to ban Odd Future from entering the country. Why? They have come to the conclusion that they’re a threat to public order.
Who knew that New Zealand was jumpier than China?
Odd Future were all set to play an open-air concert with Eminem on Saturday in Auckland, but Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin said authorities decided to decline the group’s visas after becoming aware of a 2011 incident in Boston in which some witnesses claimed group members incited fans to attack police officers.
“It’s not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often,” Urwin said.
So this is what happens when an Odd Future show is closed down by the police. As the video shows, it is fantastically uneventful.
Tyler, The Creator responded on Twitter: “They said we were ‘terrorist threats and bad for the society’ or whatever. Sick.”
New Zealand authorities said that bans like this were rare and rules that concern ‘character’ are usually enforced to stop people like white supremacist groups Holocaust deniers coming into the country.
In an official statement, Immigration New Zealand said: “Odd Future has been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence.”
Now, one high profile incident saw the police being called out when too many fans mobbed Tyler, The Creator. No inciting there. The police didn’t endear themselves to anyone, which saw Tyler and two others climbing onto the roof to shout some insults. That’s inciting people to beat the police up?