Boy George Denied U.S. Visa, Won’t Play for Garbage Workers

By George, they won't let him in!
By George, they won't let him in! Photo: Getty Images

Terrible news for sanitation workers! Boy George, who was supposed to play a special show for Sanitation Department workers August 17 — in order to repay them for their kindness to him during his court-mandated community service duty a couple years ago — has apparently been denied a visa by U.S. Customs, and thus can't get into the country to do the show. He told Paper:

I'm pretty devastated because I am so excited about this forthcoming tour, and having my visa application denied seems unfair after I swept the streets of New York spotless…I committed a crime and I happily paid the consequences, and I should be allowed to move on and get on with what I do best, and that is performing and making people dance and cry!


This seems unfair not only to George but to the sanitation workers — to paraphrase another songstress of George's era, what has anyone done for them lately? And though it's true that Boy George is a criminal and also weird (his most recent arrest, lest we forget, was for chaining a Norwegian man to the wall in his apartment), it still seems excessive. What's the worst he can do in such a short amount of time? Bring electric-blue eyeliner back?

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