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Rapper Tyler The Creator Defends Use Of "Faggot" In Lyrics

Tyler the Creator, appearing on Arsenio Hall's new talk show, blames outrage over his regular use of "faggot" in lyrics on gay listeners, of all people. 

”That’s just a word, you can take the power out of that word," Tyler tells Arsenio. "The way that I see things, it's you chose to be offended if you care more about stuff like that. And that might sound very ignorant, but if you're a black person and someone calls you the n-word and you get offended, maybe you might be. But if I know that I'm not a n-word...I'm not gonna get offended because I know that I'm not that. Frank [Ocean] is gay and I use that word all the time. He doesn't care because he knows me. He knows when I say that word I'm not thinking of someone's sexual orientation. It's just another word that has no meaning."

What do you think of Tyler's defense for regularly using the anti-gay slur?

 

 

(h/t: Towleroad)

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This is disgusting! He actually tries to justify using these hideous words. Maybe it's more acceptable when rapport and trust has been established in interpersonal relationships. When you are a public figure, this is not appropriate. He clearly has a poor moral compass and terrible home training. This makes black people look bad. I couldn't even finish the video out of disgust!

This guy is ignorant and typical. 

Are you out of your damn mind? Ignorant? Did you hear what he was talking about in the video clip of him being interviewed? He's a fucking genius and an intelligent guy with great messages against sexism, the media, the consumerist lifestyle so many of us seem to have adopted and so much more.

Typical? Dude, the guy is the most untypical rapper out there. He isn't even that famous at all and he raps from a genuine place. Please stop being ignorant and typical.

This guy has no idea what he's talking about.  Sadly, there are people that listen to this garbage & while he's telling young people to think for themselves, he is inviting people to think like him.

I have no idea who this guy is, but he reminds me of the 13 year old idiots that I won't let me teenage daughter hang out with.

Calling him names only brings us down to his level.

There is no excuse for using the F word, or the N word, but he is right, that I have a choice to be offended or not.  I see the use of these words reflects more on the person saying them, than the person, or group that they are using them against.  I would rather be called a faggot, than a bigot.

This guy is insignificant & his words mean nothing to me.

What an ignorant pig! Stupid uneducated fool! Kiss my @$$!!!! I can't stand that word!!! I am not a "faggot", I am a proud gay man. 

If it has no meaning, why use it?

if it doesn't mean anything "Just a Word"  to him, stop using it......how can "Just a Word" define his work if it's not in the lyrics.................

Fuck you, nigger.

Well well, aren't you an advanced human being? Fighting hate with hate, are we? That's really going to solve so much, you little faggot.

Ouch.  That's sure to leave a bruise.  Asshole.

Then according to him, his 'music' (like mr m&m's) have no meaning. N said it himself. And sorry bro uhm you are one, check the mirror closes to ya!

Absolute crap.

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