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Korean Artists and More Barred from Entry to US :(

As some of you might know, SXSW is going on in Austin, Texas right now.


It's a music, tech, and culture festival that has been going on for YEARS and has been growing and growing, even inviting people like f(x) and Epik High!

This year, however, the performing artists have had trouble even getting on American soil.


Korean rapper Don Malik is the latest to be held by American immigration, and claims he and his team were treated horribly:

This goes along with other accounts by foreign artists trying to come in for SXSW.


Artists from the UK, Italy, Russia, and even as close as Canada were turned away. (source here)

It is unclear whether or not this is SXSW's fault or US immigration's lack of clarity, but either way its a shame for both the artists and the fans. With the US' tightening immigration policies I fear that this might happen much more often. And if we become a country that not turns away not only humans needing help, but the arts, what kind of country are we?

:/

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This is messed up. I'm so embarrassed, disappointed, and heartbroken. I'm scared to imagine what the U.S. will become in the future if things keep going downhill for us... and what happens if artists from other countries won't be able to perform in our country anymore because of these unreasonably dumb policies -sigh- 馃様馃挃
5 months agoReply
oh, that's just awful....
5 months agoReply
Why am I actually not surprised? I had a feeling this would happen, yet I'm still not surprised, just now disgusted.
5 months agoReply
I knew this was going to happen! I HATE politics!!!
5 months agoReply
This problem is SO much bigger than just one or two artists that are supposed to visit you guys, please realize that. I get being concerned about the concert and you don't want your favorite artists to be treated unfairly, but please also realize that this is affecting families, it's affecting people who aren't here to visit but here to live, legally, and I'm concerned about BTS and EXO and KCON too but PLEASE be aware of the problem as a whole.
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