Content warning: This piece contains references to rape and violence against women that may be distressing.
This week, Noisey, Vice’s music channel, published a piece in defence of rap artist Tyler the Creator. The article, entitled ‘#FreeTylerTheCreator And Reject Theresa May’s Dumb Logic’ painted Tyler as a victim of racism and ignorance, and presented misinformation about campaigns against him.
The piece opens by describing a “moving” performance by TTC, summed up with the following statement:
"This – a peaceful lover of nature – is an artist who remains banned from entering the UK under any circumstances.”
It's hard to imagine such a “peaceful lover of nature” could be behind lyrics like “rape a pregnant bitch and tell my friends I had a threesome”, or a wealth of others glorifying rape and extreme violence against women, murder, mutilating women’s genitals, stuffing them into car boots, trapping them in his basement, raping their corpses and burying their bodies.
The author suggests there is no basis for TTC to be refused access into any country, and that bans were motivated by racism:
"It was a very blatant case of making an example out of someone for no reason other than the fact that he’s black and angry and all the other countries under the Queen’s rule were doing it.”
The author's lack of research doesn’t end there, with the article incorrectly stating that after being banned from entering New Zealand in 2014, TTC became the focus of Collective Shout.
Collective Shout first campaigned against Tyler the Creator in June of 2013, not because he is “black and angry”, but due to his songs advocating rape and violence against women, often defended by his fans as ‘art’. In the course of our campaign, young activist Talitha Stone wrote a tweet accusing Tyler the Creator of promoting misogyny. TTC responded by sharing her tweet with his millions of followers, who predictably jumped at the opportunity to prove their loyalty by threatening to rape and murder Talitha, with police involvement required after one fan tweeted her home address.
Just days later, Tyler launched into an abusive tirade against Talitha who was in the crowd at his Sydney concert, calling her a bitch, whore and c*** as concertgoers cheered. He then proceeded to dedicate the song ‘Bitch Suck Dick’ to her, which contains the lyrics “You dead bitch, I'm hot as f*ck…Punch a bitch in her mouth just for talkin' shit”.
Is this still ‘art’?
Australian women and girls breathed a sigh of relief after Tyler, The Creator cancelled his tour following a Collective Shout letter to the immigration department.
The American rapper’s music is filled with sexually violent lyrics, including references to rape, strangling, mutilating and chopping up women, stuffing their bodies into car boots, trapping them in his basement, and raping their corpses.
We appealed to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to deny Tyler a visa on the basis that “the content of the product he sells propagates discriminatory ideas about women and other groups, and represents a danger to a segment of the Australian community on the potential basis of incitement to acts of hatred”.
Thank you for helping to speak up against Tyler, The Creator’s misogynistic lyrics and demeaning attitude towards women. Girls deserve more! You’re helping inspire them to reject toxic messages and see their true value!
Music reviews and news site 'I probably hate your band' published an article exploring freedom of speech and Tyler the Creator. Collective Shout's Caitlin Roper was interviewed along with journalist and author Brendan O'Neill who presented an opposing view.Read more
“Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values." - UK Home Office
As reported by The Guardian:Read more
Why 'don't like it, don't listen' isn't enough: Caitlin Roper writes about Tyler the Creator for SMH
Caitlin Roper writes about the campaign against Tyler the Creator for the Sydney Morning HeraldRead more
Over the course of our Tyler the Creator campaign, we've received hundreds of Facebook comments, emails and tweets from fans of Tyler the Creator. Many of them ask the same questions or reiterate the same defences for Tyler's behaviour. We address some of the more common arguments from Tyler's defenders here.Read more
Coralie Alison appeared on Channel 10's The Project to discuss Collective Shout's campaign against US rapper Tyler the CreatorRead more
Via Complex News - Watch the video below
"Tyler, The Creator tweeted this afternoon that he's been banned from entering the country and thus canceled his upcoming tour dates. Over the weekend, Earl Sweatshirt punched a fan on stage in Sydney after they rushed behind him during his performance. Tyler didn't specify exactly why he was banned, but he did mention Twitter user, Coralie Alison, Director of Operations at Collective Shout, which started a petition that called for the rejection of his travel visa."
US rapper Tyler the Creator has announced that he has been banned from Australia. This is yet to be confirmed by the Department of Immigration, but that hasn't stopped Tyler the Creator's fans from unleashing their rage.
In a statement of solidarity, End Online Misogyny has published a sample of the abuse that Collective Shout's Coralie Alison has received over the last few hours.
*content warning* This is not an easy read. This is what happens when women speak out against misogyny and this is why we need you to stand with us.