In a truly bizarre move, Die Antwoord's Yolandi Visser has called international megastar Drake a homophobic slur on Instagram. The F word, to be precise. Though no word yet on what sparked the comment, the reasoning surely will not make this blatantly disrespectful move okay.
This isn't the first time the band has defended their use of the gay bashing f-word. In 2011, the band asserted that since their DJ, DJ Hi-Tek, is a gay man who himself uses the slur, it shouldn't be a problem if they do too. We have seen similar things occur with Tyler, The Creator defending his blatant use of homophobic slurs as nothing major considering his friendship with the openly gay Frank Ocean and Syd Tha Kyd. Like Tyler, Die Antwoord's justifications are flat out garbage.
Antwoord's criticism is that America is just too politically correct. They're not homophobes, so it's not a big deal. The criticism that Americans are too sensitive about words is somewhat reasonable. Have people overreacted to uncomfortable talk before? Yes, but considering the history of the situation it is understandable. In a country where gay rights have been largely ignored until recently, with many people still openly against a gay lifestyle, the hateful word still can cause major harm. Regardless of how their DJ feels about, people are still violently bullied, abused, and even sometimes killed for . America, and frankly society, isn't quite ready for a world where that slur can be taken into the broader spectrum of cultural lingo in the same way rappers have popularized the n word. A majority of gays have not come out to 'take the word back' so this argument that if one gay uses it then it should be fine is just not sound.
Die Antwoord is a rap group that made it's bones rapping about the ghetto culture of South Africa. The education rate in the ghetto is significantly lower than that of other communities, allowing many to believe that being PC should not be an issue there. If anything, perhaps an end to ignorance in the lower economic communities could actually benefit them in the long run. This band should use their platform to create positive change, not spread harmful words and call people sensitive. It feels more like a press move then a legitimate diss on Drake. I won't be a hypocrite and say I haven't said hurtful stuff behind closed doors with my friends, but I have never intentionally spread hateful speech knowing it could be processed in the wrong way. Maybe it is 'soft' to make everyone feel comfortable, but in a world where many are facing issues concerning things they can't control, maybe we could be more human and give them a break.
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