Odd Future Axed from New Zealand's Big Day Out Festival over Homophobic Lyrics

Odd Future Axed from New Zealand's Big Day Out Festival over Homophobic Lyrics
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All's lyrics have been labelled as misogynistic and homophobic by more than a few, as the rap crew have earned the ire of Sara Quin, GLAAD and a women's rights group, among others. Now, the band's lyrics have got them kicked off the bill at New Zealand's Big Day Out festival.

Odd Future were scheduled to play at the 2012 instalment of the touring festival, which includes five dates in Australia, plus one in Auckland, NZ. The New Zealand Herald [via NME] now reports that a man from Wellington, NZ, named Calum Bennachie wrote to the Big Day Out promoters to complain about Odd Future's inclusion on the bill.

"Lyrics such as those played by Odd Future increase the societal discourse against LGBT people, a discourse that encourages bullying and violence," Bennachie wrote. "By allowing Odd Future to play at BDO, you are proving that you have little concern for the lives and welfare of LGBT people, that you are willing to endanger their lives, and seek to encourage stigmatization against them. I find this disappointing in an organization that could do so much to enhance the self esteem of youth, reduce stigma, and discourage violence."

He also contacted the Auckland city council, which owns Mount Smart Stadium, the venue where Big Day Out will take place on January 20. It was reportedly the city council that intervened and got Odd Future axed from the bill.

There's no word as to whether Odd Future will still be playing Big Day Out's Australian dates.

The controversy surrounding Odd Future's lyrics have resulted in an barrage of publicity this year, and the group's rise in status can partly be chalked up to the intense debate surrounding their music. In this case, however, the controversy seems to be finally working against them.