This weekend I was posed with a loaded question, "What do you think of Tyler, The Creator?" Granted what followed was a whiskey fueled argument with a lot of sarcasm, laughter and discussions of how much rape talk is too much rape talk (answer: probably any rape talk, Stabler knows what I'm talking about). But beyond the drunken musings on vulgarity and initial shock that anyone could spit the things Tyler does, it's kind of weird what near universal acclaim the little miscreant has received. UNTIL NOW.
Sara Quin, the "Sara" in popular music act Tegan and Sara, had a few thoughts to share about her displeasure with the music world's embrace of Tyler's choice motifs.
When will misogynistic and homophobic ranting and raving result in meaningful repercussions in the entertainment industry? When will they be treated with the same seriousness as racist and anti-Semitic offenses? 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.
Read the whole note here
Meanwhile, Tyler responded in a very predictable manner.
We did find ourselves fascinated with Tyler and company when their little Odd Future group first started making waves, but some of the more captivating darker elements of Tyler's pysche had to do with his obsession with being fatherless, certainly the focus of Bastard
(see: the title). Now that he's evolved into Goblin
, it might be time to reevaluate the amount of leniency critics are giving to his subject matter.