After weeks of controvesy and debate among music fans GLAAD have finally stepped up to the plate and taken on Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future Fame. Issuing the following statement:
“Tyler has said in interviews that he is not homophobic, yet his Twitter feed and rhymes are rampant with anti-gay slurs and references. His defense that ‘people take things too seriously’ or that he’s ‘just a kid’ is inexcusable. Using hateful language, regardless of the context, is unacceptable and in fact, very serious. Tyler’s attempts to be provocative as well as his indifference towards the consequences of his actions are irresponsible.”
Strictly Our Opinion: I’ve had issues with the homophobia and ultraviolence of Odd Future for a long time now, and it is good to see GLAAD reacting. I don’t agree with the idea that offensive words should be banned, but many aspects of Tyler’s music are puerile and make listening to his music embarrassing at times. When employed in the right circumstance Tyler’s shocking imagery can have a truly evocative effect but the frequency and carelessness with he throws slurs around is ill considered. I’m still a fan, but at times, I feel too old to listen to Odd Future.