Tyler, The Creator has once again been slammed by anti-homophobia campaigners for his controversial lyrics in the wake of scoring the Best New Artist gong at the weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Tyler, The Creator was recognised for his ‘Yonkers’ video, and GLAAD have used his win to bring attention to what they call his “violently anti-gay and misogynistic music”. They have also questioned MTV for giving Tyler and his lyrics a platform to be heard.
Writing on the GLAAD blog, Matt Kane, the campaigning group’s Associate Director of Entertainment Media said:
MTV didn’t choose the winner of the Best New Artist category (that’s chosen by public vote) on last night’s show, but they did decide to nominate Tyler in the first place and put him onstage. We hope in the future they will think more carefully about the message they’re sending to their young audience before giving him another platform.
Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD added:
Rather than providing simply a larger platform, MTV and other networks should educate viewers about why anti-gay and misogynistic language has no place in the music industry today. Given Tyler’s history of such remarks, viewers and potential sponsors should refrain from honoring homophobia and in the future look to a more deserving artist.
Tyler, The Creator has shrugged off criticism of his homophobic language, 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 n***a, 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.”