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Tyler The Creator Reappropriates White Power Symbol As Gay Pride

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Tyler and his crew are selling new merchandize, but as usual with them, it is a bit controversial, well just a bit… Not only Tyler is re-appropriating the white power symbol, but he has put a rainbow twist on it to make it more… gay. He left a long explanation on his Tumblr under the picture of him holding hands with a white guy and wearing the new shirt:

‘It was a period in time where all i wanted to do was read about different dictators across the world. The way that one man could control so many brains always intrigued me. This opened a door to a lot of things, one of them being the Nazi regime during the 40s. Soaking my brain with as much info as i could on the subject, i pondered to myself if there was anyone still pushing this Nazi propaganda during these days? That is when i came across Neo-Nazis, The Ku Klux Klan and The White Nationalist Community. To make it simple, its just a group of Caucasians who take pride in being white. Nothing wrong with that correct? But the weird thing is that its primarily supported by White Supremacist organizations.( KKK, Aryan Nation, Etc) Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that these guys aren’t fans of Blacks, Gays, Asians or anything else that doesn’t fit in “white” box. Now having the thought process that i have, i asked myself some questions: What if a black guy wore this logo on a shirt? Would he be promoting self hate? Would he be taking the power out of a shape? What if a gay guy wore this on a shirt? Would he promoting Homophobia? Then BAM! I Had it. Throw a little rainbow in the logo ( i still wonder, who was the guy that said a rainbow is the gay symbol? thats another article stay tuned) and take a photo with a white guy in it and we have an amazing photo. The thing that tops it off is the homo erotic tone of the hand holding, which to some degree HAS to piss off the guys who takes this logo serious. This made the photo even more important to me, because it was me playing with the idea of taking the power out of something so stupid. Or maybe my whole idea on this is stupid. Who knows, but why not try it out? Also, ever since my career started, ive been labeled as a homophobe, simply because of my use of the word faggot. Again, trying to take the power out of something, I WAS NEVER REFERRING TO SOMEONES SEXUAL PREFERENCE WHEN USING THAT WORD. I mean, i’m legit one of the least homophobic guys to walk this earth but, most people just read the surface. But maybe someone will see this photo and say “ hey, he’s just mocking gays” or “ this has a negative undertone to it, he is still pushing this homophobic whatever the fuck it is”. What ever it is, i just wanted to give you guys some background info on the design before you purchase the shirt. You should know what you are wearing. be safe, love. RACISM FUCKING SUCKS.’

First of all, does he really think that his fans are going to read all this? I know these 15-year-old kids, they can’t read a full paragraph like this without posing 5 times to check their Facebook or text something! Then this will bring even more confusion in these kids’ brains, and as much as I like Tyler, what he is saying doesn’t really make sense:

‘Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that these guys aren’t fans of Blacks, Gays, Asians or anything else that doesn’t fit in “white” box.’

Err, does he know that you can be gay and white? Well, of course! And does he know that there is a gay Aryan nation? I apologize if you clicked on this link because it is very disturbing to read about gay neo-nazis, but they do exist… so nothing is clear, and this t-shirt could well be fitting a few of these ‘Gay Racialist Networks’ you can find on the internet. Plus, have you seen this episode of Vice? Groups like these pullulate in Russia, Gay Aryan National-Socialists, GASH (Gay Aryan Skinheads)… and their logo (2 crossed penises below the swastika!!) has to pursue you during your worst nightmares! How did this happen? Why are people so confused? So Tyler, who always like a little bit of controversy and is trying very hard to justify his homophobic lyrics, may have printed the perfect shirt for these fringe groups. The world is a weird place.

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