Tyler, The Creator laughs best
Almost five years after being suddenly banned from the U.K., the ex Odd Future leader is back with to win the Best International Male award at the 2020 BRIT Awards on Tuesday. While he was giving his acceptance speech, Tyler, the Grammy Award-winning rapper called out the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May while gloating about his win.
“I want to give a special shout-out to someone who I hold dear to my heart, who made it where I couldn’t come to this country five years ago,” he told the crowd. “I know she’s at home pissed off. Thank you Theresa May.”
Back in August 2015, before Tyler embarked on his U.K. tour, his manager, Christian Clancy, presented a statement revealing to his fans that the rapper was banned from the U.K. due to what the Parliament deemed as his violent and homophobic lyrics on his two studio albums Bastard and Goblin. May was instrumental in giving evidence of the ban.
“Tyler has been banned from entering the U.K. for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the united kingdom,” the statement read. “Highlights from the letter include that his work ‘encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality’ and ‘fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.'”
Meanwhile, fours years later, in May 2019, Tyler’s ban had expired and he was expected to perform in London. But his show got canceled after too many people showed up at the venue and Metropolitan Police couldn’t control the crowd.
Peep into the video of Tyler, The Creator calling out Theresa May at the BRIT Awards below.