We all know that the Odd Future crew is pretty wild. However, are they real live threats to public safety? New Zealand officials certainly think so.
The OFWGKTA clan was scheduled to perform as a part of Eminem’s Rapture tour over the weekend, but received word, as they were on their way to the airport, that their visas had been revoked. Citing their Immigration Act of 2009, New Zealand officials said the group was “likely to be, a threat or risk to public order or the public interest.”
Seemingly referring to an incident where a Boston police office was hurt while escorting group leader Tyler, The Creator out of a comic book store when “the crowd of more than 100 had become overwhelming” according to reports. Though not specifically named, the incident was made reference to in official statement released by New Zealand officials:
Odd Future has been deemed 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 hospitalized following a riot incited by Odd Future.
Of course, Tyler, the Creator was none too pleased with the news as he and group manager, Christian Clancy expressed via their twitter accounts.
Even radio personality Peter Rosenberg sent a tweet of support to Odd Future in light of the ruling.