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fight between Sara and Tegan and Tyler the Creator

There is currently a fight between Tyler the Creator and indie duo Tegan and Sara over the use of some quite homophobic terms in the rapper's songs.

Sara posted this on her blog:

‘When will misogynistic and homophobic ranting and raving result in meaningful repercussions in the entertainment industry? When will they be treated with the same seriousness as racist and anti-Semitic offenses? While an artist who can barely get a sentence fragment out without using homophobic slurs is celebrated on the cover of every magazine, blog and newspaper, I’m disheartened that any self-respecting human being could stand in support with a message so vile.

As journalists and colleagues defend, excuse and congratulate ‘Tyler, the Creator,’ I find it impossible not to comment. In any other industry would I be expected to tolerate, overlook and find deeper meaning in this kid’s sickening rhetoric? Why should I care about this music or its “brilliance” when the message is so repulsive and irresponsible? There is much that upsets me in this world, and this certainly isn’t the first time I’ve drafted an open letter or complaint, but in the past I’ve found an opinion – some like-minded commentary – that let me rest assured that my outrage, my voice, had been accounted for. Not this time.

If any of the bands whose records are held in similar esteem as Goblin had lyrics littered with rape fantasies and slurs, would they be labeled hate mongers? I realize I could ask that question of DOZENS of other artists, but is Tyler exempt because people are afraid of the backlash? The inevitable claim that detractors are being racist, or the brush-off that not “getting it” would indicate that you’re “old” (or a faggot)? Because, the more I think about it, the more I think people don’t actually want to go up against this particular bully because he’s popular. Who sticks up for women and gay people now? It seems entirely uncool to do so in the indie rock world, and I’ll argue that point with ANYONE.’

Of course Tyler responded as he is used to, on Twitter with: ‘If Tegan and Sara Need Some Hard Dick, Hit Me Up!’

Sara is openly gay but is she just offended by the homophobic lyrics or by all the rest? Because Tyler says he wants to kill a lot of people: doesn’t he say he wants to stab Bruno Mars? Oh and doesn’t he want to stab ‘any blogging faggot hipster with a pitchfork’ too?

I am not a specialist, but come on, his lyrics are full of hatred, obscenity, racism, and homophobic statements. So should we all get offended and write a letter to Tyler,… Am I really a blogging faggot hipster? My point is his target is not specially the gays…

And what’s new in this story? 99% of rap, and half of the literature would be censored if we'd follow Sara’s reasoning. Tyler has found a way to still be chocking, quite an achievement these days, but how can anyone take this literally?

Actually Tyler answered pretty well in this SXSW interview, comparing his songs to movies, stories, yeah he is right, why is this a big deal? ‘Have you seen Quentin Tarantino’s movies lately?’
 

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