Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Herbert Baglione: Deported
Time and time again, the United States’ Department of Homeland Security has come under question for its ability to function as a proper safeguard for our borders and airports. How do we know this? Herbert Baglione, friend, Brazilian artist, and soon-to-be or was-to-be participant in the Sparks x Upper Playground x Juxtapoz “Ignite What’s Next” Tour, was sent back to his homeland of Brazil (deported, in Layman’s terms) after a recent flight to Texas because Homeland Security officials would not allow him into the country. Actually, they did let him stay for a bit: in an interrogation room in a lovely Texas airport for a few uncomfortable hours. Herbert had all of his proper Visas, a valid passport, and has entered the U.S. recently for a show in Los Angeles. Homeland Security did not give Herbert any specific reason for sending him home (deported). In any case, Herbert will not be able to participate on the tour, as announced earlier in promotion to “Ignite What’s Next.”
Upper Playground would like to thank the U.S. Government for all of their continual support of international artists and dictating the travel arrangements for all of the artistic community from around the globe.