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Tyler, The Creator Defends "Faggot" In Lyrics: "People Are Stuck In A Bubble"

Anyone hoping that hip-hop collective would cease their controversial and widespread use of "faggot" in the group's upcoming new album should lower their expectations. In an interview with HuffPo Live, the group, including Tyler, the Creator, defends their continued appropriation of the anit-gay slur. 

"What a crazy world it would be in which we were the evolved ones?" said Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt. "What if we took the meaning away from a word?"

"People are so gone, they're stuck in such a bubble," Tyler added about people who are offended by his group's regular peppering of the epithet in their lyrics.

Until "faggot" stops being the last word too many LGBT people hear as they're being murdered for being born that way, then casual use of the word (even behind the greatest of intentions) is going to cause many listeners, including myself, to be offended. Those of us who literally had the word incessantly beat into us in our formative years cannot just turn off the switch of being offended so easily. But maybe I'm now in the minority as the world slowly progresses around us. 

What do you think about Odd Future's defense of the anti-gay slur?

Head to the 19:00 mark for the "faggot" segment.

Comments

How about we get a boy band to start singing using the word nigger

oh hell no, that wouldn't be accepted. Yet black people use it everyday as if it was the word hello. 

Mute they will beat u or kill u if a white person says it 

meanwhile they want to say faggot all day 

my can't have ur cake and eat it 

don't tell me one word is ok while another isn't but certain people can use it 

most gays don't call each other faggot 

Too true. Trashy embarrassing gays use "faggot" all the time. Trashy dirtbag blacks use the word "nigger" constantly. The gay population makes up a sizable segment in the population. There are going to be some bad eggs, just as in any group. Look at these guys acting like fools. They've got nothing going on except for the nonsense they stir up. Do you want to behave like them? What kind of person do you want to be? 

It's amazing there's racism in the gay community. Regardless if you guys hate the word faggot or fag, some of you use it. We call each other faggot, fag, etc. I mean I could care less if I'm called a nigger. It's not what people call me, it's what I answer to.

I agree with you, though I have to admit that's the first thought that went through my head too.  But I realized that would just hurt others the same way this hurt me.

True, Brad. I see your point.

These niggas have no clue.

Another group of wannabe artists trying to stay relevant by offending people. We wont remember these idiots in three months.

NIGGER PLEASE!!!!!!!

I have spent a lifetime speaking out for minority rights, all minorities. This includes the right for all  "peoples" to define themselves with or without epithets of hate and oppression. Please afford other this consideration or you become part of the problem.

So, "Tyler, the Creator" you may be comfortable with throwing around the word nigger or faggot. The meaning may have been lost on you or watered-down to you because you think you have evolved. You're "stuck in a bubble" if you think that you can just remove all meaning from words. It is a bit disingenuous because if the word had no meaning, you wouldn't use it.  Imagine if Camilleri addressed these men as spade, baboons or monkeys because he is more "evolved" and doesn't really mean all that much. I guarantee that that explanation would sound ridiculous, and that those terms would not be appreciated. Part of evolving includes understanding your surroundings. It's what separates us from the apes. 

Nigga Please.

This is stupid!! Black people don't like it when white people say nigga! So why the hell should we tolerate people saying that!!! It's bullshit double standards!!

sure they can continue to use the F word if they dont mind me using the word n on a daily basis and spare me the it aint the same thing discussion its just like the rights issue blacks wanted equal rights but deny gays it. Its called hypocrisy

Diseased worthless aids- transporting faggots. Use the n-word around me and you'll live just ling enough to regret it. You're freaks. Excrement-humpers. 

They are trying very hard to be relevant and hoping for a controversy -please.  Nobody talks about them.

This mean's I'm against it.

give your head a shake.  Or someone shake theirs.  Faggot is insulting just like Nigger is.  Grow up.

The obvious question to Odd Future would have to be: As a white man, if I were a rapper using the "n-word" and claimed that in context it wasn't a racial slur, would they consider that acceptable? Can I simply pass that off by saying "I'm the evolved one. I'm taking away meaning from the word and the black population just lives in a bubble"? I doubt most of the black community would embrace this. 

Having experienced so much oppression as a population, and knowing directly how a single word can demean your entire person, I wish more people in the black community would rally behind the extermination of words like these that are used to marginalize a group of people. Instead, Odd Future has chosen to defend their use of the word, which shows their real ignorance when it comes to the way this word offends the gay population. 

I totally agree more people should get involved in eliminating insulting and offensive terms ... Especially black gay men like myself ...

Brandon you're hit'in he nail on the head 

Sums my thoughts perfectly. Thanks.

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