More people from Tyler, The Creator’s camp defended Tyler’s character today. Now it’s Tyler’s manager, Christian Clancy, who issued a statement through his tumblr:
tyler had a punk rock moment at the converse/thrasher show at sxsw. however the energy and intent of that show was not anger or aggression.. kumbaya? of course not. but this simply isn’t as its being portrayed. no one was hurt. u likely don’t believe me (i get it..) find the whole show on you tube.. just seeing an edited 7 seconds of kids running/walking in doesn’t exactly sum it up. his shows are much more of a positive release than a build up of aggression.. (not unlike how rage against the machine or metallica shows were therapy for me when i was growing up..) everyone was happy after the show. zero bad energy backstage. as his manager no one came up to me regarding the “incident.”
i understand how easy it is to paint tyler as a bad guy.. i honestly do.. but as someone who has spent a whole lot of time around him i can only say dig deeper. ask his fans. ask his friends. ask my daughter. this is a guy who has never had a drink or drug in his life. this is a guy who is building his own businesses and challenging the old ones. offensive? maybe, depending on where you are standing but only on the surface. google can give u plenty of things to be offended by but if u dig it disappears. shit you might even be inspired. if nothing else ud at least have another perspective even if u disagree with his approach.. im not here to defend every move tyler makes, but i will stand by him and defend his character because i know him, the context, and have witnessed the growth. those who are combining this with a incredibly serious tragedy that happened the night prior are off base and our hearts go out to those who were injured and their families. tyler was not at the venue and received the info of what happened like everyone did.. in shock.. we all quietly had our own individual way of dealing with the heaviness of it all. thats not something you process quickly.
Tyler’s lawyer, Perry Q. Minton, spoke about the incident and said the use of the term “riot” is “unfortunate and inaccurate description.” Tyler was arrested at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in after his SXSW show on March 15 and later was released from an Austin jail soon after on a $25,000 bond. He was charged with starting a riot.
According to AP, Tyler could face up to a year in prison and a $4,000 fine if he is convicted.