GLAAD call the Odd Future rapper "irresponsible"
Tyler, The Creator has been censured by the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) over his lyrics.
The US organisation condemned the Odd Future leader and vowed to “monitor his lyrics more closely.”
The move comes after Sara Quin from indie rock duo Tegan and Sara launched an attack on Tyler‘s apparent homophobia. Now, GLAAD have stepped in, calling his rhetoric “inexcusable”, according to AllHipHop.com.
A blog on their website reads: “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 defence 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”.
“GLAAD stands by its statement and continues to hold artists across all genres accountable for the messages they send to fans. We commend Sara Quin for speaking out publicly against Tyler‘s lyrics and hope others will follow in her steps. GLAAD will continue to monitor media coverage of Tyler.”