27/08/2015 15:26 BST | Updated 27/08/2015 15:59 BST

Uproar After Tyler The Creator Is Banned From UK For Violent Lyrics He Wrote Seven Years Ago

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Tyler, The Creator performs during the SXSW Music Festival early Friday, March 14, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

US rapper Tyler the Creator has been forced to cancel four dates, including Reading and Leeds festivals, after being banned from the UK for his violent lyrics.

His manager, Christian Clancy, said that they received a letter from the Home Office, which specifically cited lyrics that Tyler had written up to seven years ago.

Clancy posted on his Tumblr: "Highlights from the letter include that Tyler's work 'encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality' and 'fosters hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.'"

People are taking to Twitter to question Tyler's ban, with many referring to Eminem's use of violent lyrics. Eminem sold out two shows at Wembley Stadium last year, without the Home Office batting an eyelid.

For reference, here are seven of Eminem's most offensive lyrics...

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The ever-outspoken Azealia Banks was quick to Tyler's defence, also stating that there are other artists whose lyrics could be deemed more offensive:

However, not everyone thought that Tyler's ban was a bad thing...

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