Odd Future Banned From New Zealand

Immigration deems group "potential threat to public order" just an hour before their flight.

Posted: 02/13/2014 08:02 AM EST

An unruly past just caught up to Odd Future. The group has been denied access to New Zealand, where they were scheduled to open for Eminem this Saturday (Feb 15).

"OF IS BANNED FROM NEW ZEALAND, AGAIN. THEY SAID WE WERE 'TERRORIST THREATS AND BAD FOR THE SOCIETY' OR WHATEVER. SICK. THEY ARE ANTI GOLF," Tyler, The Creator tweeted late Wednesday night.

According to an official statement from Immigration New Zealand, the group is "a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence."

Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin recalled one incident in particular, in 2011, when witnesses claim members of the group encouraged fans to shout insults at police officers who were called for crowd control at an autograph signing in a Boston comic book store.

Further, she added, more recently, one member tweeted details about an Australian woman who was campaigning to get them banned, and it led to her receiveing threats.

"It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often," she told the Associated Press. And it's not one made based on their lyrics, she promises. "If we banned people who used swear words, we wouldn't have many people left in New Zealand."

Other people who have been banned include Mike Tyson, due to his criminal record; white supremacists, and high-profile Holocaust deniers.

As for Odd Future, the decision was made with some hesitation — the group members were initially issued visas, which were then withdrawn an hour before their flight while they were en route to the airport.

"I LOVE NZ THO," Tyler concluded.

The show is Eminem's first concert in New Zealand.

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