Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator should probably replace the word “creator” with agitator because that’s what he does most of the time. His latest attention generating antic is his response to people questioning his incessant use of the word “faggot.” According to Tyler, his gay fans are fine with it.
“I have gay fans and they don't really take it offensive, so I don't know. If it offends you, it offends you,” Tyler told MTV. “If you call me a nigga, 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 sh*t.”
I don’t know how he managed to communicate with every single one of his gay “fans” but because “faggot” is like nigger, k*ke or the like, I’m going to assume that people are offended, but it’s not just gay people. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA), hip hop’s newest collective of Internet rappers—that some people misguidedly refer to as the new Wu-Tang —has created their celebrity based on being egregious about everything.
A lot of their lyrics are offensive, describing acts of murder, kidnapping, blasphemy and even rape. As far as homophobia, Tyler uses “faggot” 204 times on his recent debut Goblin (according to MTV). Yet ironically, this makes them media darlings (it’s annoying how much music press seems to cater to them), record label wet dreams and the fans they do have lap it up like mother’s milk. But hopefully no one is surprised.
2011 is the age of the spectacle. It’s a time when Snooki can get paid more than Toni Morrison to speak at a prestigious university. And when it comes to the internet, more rappers are blowing up, not for their lyricism but for outrageous content, whether it’s via social networking rants, graphic videos or absurd song material. The more the public gives in, the crazier the behavior gets.
As far as OFWGKTA, to me, there isn’t much difference between the intent of their lyrical content and what a preschooler tries to accomplish by blowing snot bubbles. My solution, if you ignore them they will go away. Then again, anyone who “doesn’t give a sh*t,” about offending certain group of his “fans” isn’t worth patronage any way.