We had all hoped that the end of 2017 might also bring the end of any attention, interest and functioning brain capacity directed towards Milo Yiannopoulos, the former Breitbart editor, white supremacist and alt-right icon who fizzled out fast and hard earlier this years when his statements about pedophilia went public. It suffices to say, if you’re familiar with him you don’t need us to tell you why he’s a categorically a terrible person. If you’re not: he’s an incredibly confusing, walking contradiction that doesn’t deserve the time spent Googling his name (but this should help). That’s why it’s absolutely absurd that earlier this week, Yiannopoulos appeared at the Parliament House in Australia amid violent protests—which reportedly has cost upwards of $40,000 to cover the cost of riot police needed at the event.
But this most recent onslaught of fury around Yiannopoulos comes after one political spectator pointed that Tyler, the Creator is still banned from Australia.
The fact that Tyler, The Creator was not let into Australia to perform rap music and Milo Yiannopoulous has not only been allowed in but welcomed to Parliament House says it all. Chew on that racism and classism.
— Sophie Benjamin (@sophbenj) December 4, 2017
In September 2015, Tyler was denied a visa to perform in Australia after a an open letter campaign by the organization Collective Shout where they cited lyrics from Bastard and Blow for its references to violence and misogynist content as the reason why he should be denied from entering the country under the grounds of Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 78 on Controversial Visa Applicants, which refers to the following:
“People whose presence in Australia may, because of their activities, reputation, known record or the cause they represent and propagate, vilify or incite discord in the Australian community or a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community.”
Melinda Tankard Reist, Coralie Alison Co-founder, Director of Operations, Collective Shout
As to stands, Tyler is still banned from entering both the UK and Australia.