GLADD is none to pleased with the recent winner of MTV’s Best New Artist at the VMA’s, because Tyler, The Creator’s raps are filled with homophobic slurs.
The rapper has used the word “f*ggot” a reported 213 times in his latest album, ‘Goblin.’ In comparison, Eminem, who has come under fire for use of the word in the past only used it 13 times in ‘The Marshall Mathers LP.’
Here are some tidbits about Tyler and the album:
This isn’t a case of a few cursory anti-gay slurs over the course of a career. According to NME magazine, the celebrated sophomore album of Tyler the Creator and his group Odd Future, Goblin, features 213 occurrences of the word fa**ot and it’s variations. Compare that to Eminem’s debut album, The Marshall Mathers LP, which featured 13 total occurrences of the word and the sheer scale of Goblin’s anti-gay rhetoric is frankly staggering.
As if that wasn’t frightening enough, the album also contains numerous references to rape and domestic abuse against women. So many in fact, that when Odd Future was given a slot in Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival, it inspired a coalition of advocacy groups such as Rape Victim Advocates to distribute material at the event to counter the hurtful messages Tyler and co. were gleefully spouting onstage.
And here is what GLADD had to say:
“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,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “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.”
Besides the fact he shouldn’t have won Best New Artist for many other reasons, including those nominated with him who are simply better, where do you stand?