Published May 18, 2011Tyler, the Creator and the Odd Future gang are a divisive bunch, to say the least. While some have hailed the crew as the saviours of hip-hop, others have pointed out that their ultra-violent, homophobic and bizarrely rape-obsessed rhymes are both dangerous and grossly offensive.
Earlier this week, Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara took aim at Tyler and his new album Goblin's "sickening rhetoric." Now the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has weighed in on the situation.
A post on GLAAD's blog commends Quin for speaking out about Tyler's behaviour. Aligning themselves with the Canadian singer, the organization believes Tyler, the Creator should be more mindful of his often inflammatory statements, whether in song or on his Twitter feed.
"Tyler has said in interviews that he is not homophobic, yet his Twitter feed and rhymes are rampant with anti-gay slurs and references," the GLAAD post reads. "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. In an earlier statement issued about rapper Lil B, GLAAD stated that '...words matter. Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance.'"
The organization hopes that more people step out against hate speech, adding that it will be keeping its eye on the controversial rapper.
Thanks to AllHipHop for the tip.