Malik was scheduled to perform at the Texas-based music festival on 17 March
Korean rapper Don Malik, who was scheduled to perform at SXSW, has been denied entry into the US.
As reported by Allkpop, Malik was due to perform a showcase on 17 March using visa waivers as directed by SXSW officials. The waiver program grants artists from foreign countries entry to the US without needing a standard work visa in exchange for an “exposure only” (unpaid) performance.
Malik was reportedly detained by customs after his waiver was declared invalid at San Fransisco International airport.
Jerry K, the CEO of Daze Alive, Malik’s label, said the rapper and crew received a barrage of racist gestures and slurs during their 24 hour detainment. The immigration employees allegedly called them “chinks” and made monkey expressions at them. They were also barred from accessing their cell phones so were unable to contact SXSW organisers for help.
HiphopKR has translated Jerry K’s statement:
SXSW has not yet made a statement on the situation.