Tyler, the Creator and his Odd Future cohorts have raised more than a few eyebrows on their way to rap notoriety. But while their followers praise the collective for their refreshing sound, as well as their renegade approach, some critics have argued that OF are pushing the boundaries of what should be acceptable in rap.
But the rapper has now spoken up in defence of his material, claiming that he has gay fans who find the language acceptable. He told MTV News: "Well I have gay fans and they don't really take it offensive, so I don't know. If it offends you, it offends you."
He went on to validate his position by claiming that he himself is not offended by racist language: "If you call me a nigga, I really don't care, but that's just me, personally. Some people might take it the other way, I personally don't give a shit."
His album 'Goblin' uses the word 'faggot' and its variants a total of 213 times. It provoked Sara Quin of indie duo Tegan and Sara - pictured - to post a blog calling him out. She wrote: "While an artist who can barely get a sentence fragment out without using homophobic slurs is celebrated on the cover of every magazine, blog and newspaper, I'm disheartened that any self-respecting human being could stand in support with a message so vile.( Collapse )
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Anyone who ACTUALLY listened to the album (Goblin) would know that Tyler is not homophobic. It' almost like going back into time 10 years ago when the Marshall Mathers LP was released... exact same unions and artists trying to get their names in the papers to promote themselves.