Tyler claimed he was “treated like a terrorist” by U.K. border patrol. The songs in question (mainly from his 2009 debut mixtape Bastard) were written from the perspective of an alter ego, but that didn’t seem to matter. “I’m bummed out because it’s like, dude, I’m not homophobic,” Tyler said. “I’ve said this since the beginning.” One of the biggest complaints often made about Tyler is his heavy use of the F-slur (which, incidentally, he called Jaden Smith in a December 2012 tweet), but has he really been using it ironically?
A few months prior to his U.K. ban, Tyler got into an argument about that word, with one Twitter user asking who gave him the right to use it. “My boyfriend did,” he replied. The two-time Grammy nominee later deleted that tweet, but the one he replaced it with followed the same tact. “I tried to come out the damn closet like four days ago and no one cared haha,” he wrote.