Published Feb 13, 2014It's been a long time since California rap rabble-rousers Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All have drummed up controversy, instead focusing on their various side-projects. Today (February 13), however, they've been denied entry into New Zealand.
As 3 News reports, Tyler, the Creator and his band of rappers were en route to New Zealand to open for Eminem at Rapture Festival. Instead, their visas were revoked when officials deemed them "a potential threat to public order."
Immigration New Zealand offered the following statement to 3 News:
The Immigration Act 2009 provides that entry permission may not be granted where there is reason to believe there is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order or the public interest.
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. In one instance, a police officer was hospitalised following a riot incited by Odd Future.
Christian Clancy, Odd Future's manager, tweeted, "sorry new zealand apparently this group of kids that have inspired the shit out of me for the last few years are a threat to society. ... and thanks for the hour before flight heads up. after approving and issuing visas."