Austin PD officials say Tyler, The Creator incited a riot at his concert on Thursday at the SXSW festival. The artist was arrested Saturday afternoon at an airport in Texas after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
During his showcase at the Converse/Thrasher “Death Match” at the Scoot Inn, Tyler apparently told the crowd to break down the barricade to get in and the audience obliged. SPIN reports Tyler encouraged the crowd to, “PUSH,PUSH,PUSH!”
Apparently it all started when the wrong beat was played at the beginning of Tyler’s performance. When Tyler went to start over he noticed there were several concert-goers crammed outside the venue that couldn’t get past the perimeter. “All you guys back there that can’t get in, “ he began before leading the crowd in a chant to PUSH.
All this happened just 2 hours after his scheduled show at the Mohawk where two people were killed and 23 people were injured. In a an incident seperate from Tyler, a drunk driver plowed through a barricade attempting to elude the cops. As a result, Tyler’s show was canceled.
Then hours later, Tyler seemed to want to incite another tragedy by pitting a crowd against security. Tyler’s mic was turned off while security tried to take control of the situation, but a smart decision to turn the sound back on seemed to settle the crowd and soon Tyler was back to being vile and vulgar again, just like his fans like him.
We like concerts just as much as the next person, but it’s all too easy for everyone to go from fun to fighting. Tyler typically acted reckless, but we don’t know what it is about music festivals that make people lose all common sense and courtesy. It says a lot about an artist who uses his artistic freedom to put his fans in harm’s way. The kicker? When ending his performance Tyler sent safe wishes for fans to, “Get home safe!”
View TMZ’s video of the ridiculousness below: