Published Jun 07, 2013Tyler, the Creator has been courting controversy for a few years now, and the Odd Future rapper still knows how the stir up a shit storm. His latest shenanigans have got him reported to the Australian police with allegations of verbal abuse.
Tyler is currently in the midst of a short "Earlwolf" tour of Australia with his Odd Future buddy Earl Sweatshirt. This has sparked protests over — surprise, surprise — the rapper's allegedly misogynistic and homophobic lyrics. The Guardian notes that feminist group Collective Shout has been campaigning to have the rapper banned from the country, and Pitchfork adds that conservative politician Alex Hawke has also spoken out against Tyler.
The shit hit the fan in Sydney on Thursday (June 6), when the rapper went on an onstage tirade against Talitha Stone, a feminist campaigner who had tweeted about Tyler and was part of the protest. (The day before, Tyler retweeted her post about the campaign, and wrote, "Some People Are So Bored Oh Man Get A Life").
Stone attended the concert and heard the rhymer go on this unsavoury tirade against her: "Fucking bitch, I wish she could hear me call her a bitch, too, fucking whore... I got a sold-out show right now bitch... Hey this fucking song is dedicated to you, you fucking cunt."
Watch footage the rant below. Viewer discretion is advised, since it's harsh stuff.
Stone told the Guardian, "My heart was absolutely pounding as I heard him start to mention me. I was petrified. I was standing among the crowd of people who were chanting along with threats towards me."
The police are reportedly now investigating the matter.
Earlier the same day, the police shut down an in-store appearance by Tyler and Earl [via theMusic.com.au]. The clothing store Culture King reportedly was so packed that the police pulled the plug on the whole thing.
In other news, Earl Sweatshirt told MTV [via Spin] that he's eyeing a late July release date for his solo album Doris.