GLAAD Criticizes Tyler the Creator's VMA Win

GLAAD Criticizes Tyler the Creator's VMA Win

The gay and lesbian advocacy group criticizes the Odd Future MC's lyrics after his Best New Artist Win.

Published August 30, 2011

Several prominent gay advocacy groups are lashing out at MTV and Tyler, the Creator in the wake of his appearance and unexpected victory at the VMAs on Sunday night.

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) released a statement criticizing the L.A. upstart rapper and MTV after it invited him to present at the VMAs and awarded him with Best New Artist. The organization was highly critical of the lyrics on the controversial MC-producer's new album, Goblin.

“Rather than providing simply a larger platform [for homophobia], 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.”

According to NME Magazine, Goblin features over 213 anti-gay slurs. Asked about this by the zine back in April, Tyler said, "I'm not homophobic. I just think f----t 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 s---. But I don't hate gay people."

Tyler, who beat out Big Sean, Kreayshawn, Foster the People and Wiz Khalifa for a surprise win in the category, has yet to comment on this latest uproar.

(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Written by Alex Gale


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