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Hip-hop collective Odd Future has been dropped from the lineup of Auckland, New Zealand’s Big Day Out festival after promoters faced pressure from local activists over the group’s homophobic lyrics.
The Auckland City Council, which owns the Big Day Out venue Mt Smart Stadium, forced promoters to remove Odd Future from the traveling festival’s Auckland date on Jan. 20 after local activist Calum Bennachie took complaints to the Council. If the promoters refused, they would face licensing issues over use of the venue.
“Lyrics such as those played by Odd Future increase the societal discourse against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, a discourse that encourages bullying and violence,” said Bennachie.
“By allowing Odd Future to play at Big Day Out, you are proving that you have little concern for the lives and welfare of LGBT people, that you are willing to endanger their lives, and seek to encourage stigmatisation against them. I find this disappointing in an organisation that could do so much to enhance the self-esteem of youth, reduce stigma, and discourage violence.”
However, Big Day Out promoter Ken West announced he would be organizing a separate Auckland headlining show for Odd Future and confirmed they will continue to perform at the festival’s Australian dates.
It’s been a rough week for Tyler, The Creator and crew. The news comes fresh off reports that Odd Future member Left Brain assaulted a female photographer at last weekend’s (Oct. 30) Voodoo Experience Festival in New Orleans. The group has denied the accusations.
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