Update: A spokesperson for the UK Home Office has offered the following statement. “Coming to the U.K. is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values. The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.” [via The Telegraph]
“This is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth.”
According to a post on Tumblr, the ban came “per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the United Kingdom,” and cites lyrics written six to seven years ago for the albums Bastard and Goblin, the type of lyrics, his manager says, “he hasn’t written since”.
According to the letter, Tyler “encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts”.
He adds: “This is a broader issue of free speech, with new lines being drawn that include reaching back in time without acknowledging growth. in fact, punishing growth.”
“What I do know is Tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. how do you punish someone for growing up? Since the letter acknowledged he was writing from an alter ego perspective does this then apply to book writers?”
He added that Tyler hosted a movie screening of Napoleon Dynamite in London for his fans last month, and has visited the UK over 20 times in the past five years without incident.
It’s not the first trouble to befall Tyler in recent months. Last month he was forced to cancel his Australian tour after pressure from feminist groups