February 13, 2014
Odd Future Denied Entry To New Zealand
This Saturday, Odd Future was scheduled to perform in New Zealand in support of the Rapture music festival, filling in for Kendrick Lamar who cancelled due to a conflicting schedule. However, the spirited rap group has been denied entry to New Zealand after being determined a threat to public order.
The complaints cam from Stop Demand, a group lobbying against sexual violence. Denise Ritchie, the founder of Stop Demand, put pressure on the Auckland Council to ban Odd Future from being allowed to perform at the music festival. Ritchie stated, "It is astonishing that in light of the nationwide outcry and soul-searching that arose over the Roast Busters' incident and the sexual callousness of some young men towards women, Auckland Council is about to allow a group that glorifies rape and rape culture to perform on council-owned property – and at an all ages event. She went on to say,"Speech glorifying women as mere objects to be brutalised, raped and butchered at an all-ages event does nothing – we repeat: nothing – to improve the social wellbeing of resident." Within the email Ritchie sent to the Auckland council, she cited lyrics from early Odd Future songs.
In the end, Odd Future was denied entry to New Zealand by Immigration NZ, being deemed a public threat. Immigration NZ released an official statement on the matter. "The Immigration Act 2009 provides that entry permission may not be granted where there is reason to believe there is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order or the public interest. Odd Future has been deemed to be 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 hospitalised following a riot incited by Odd Future."
Odd Future manager Christian Clancy addressed the issue on his personal Twitter account.