Tyler, The Creator has shrugged off criticism of his homophobic language.
The Odd Future leader has caused controversy over his liberal use of the word ‘faggot’ in his rhymes. He attracted the attention of US pressure group the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation who said they would be ‘monitoring his lyrics more closely’.
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 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.”
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.”
Tyler responded to the singer by tweeting: “If Tegan and Sara need some hard dick, hit me up!”
Before the controversy blew up, Tyler told NME: “I’m not homophobic. I just think ‘faggot’ hits and hurts people. It hits. And ‘gay’ just means you’re stupid. I don’t know, we don’t think about it, we’re just kids. We don’t think about that shit. But I don’t hate gay people. I don’t want anyone to think I’m homophobic.”