Tyler, The Creator Beefing with Tegan & Sara

Two months ago, amidst the whirling hype surrounding Tyler, The Creator’s Goblin, Dylan’s favorite Canadian band took it upon themselves to respond to the praise lavished upon Tyler.  Tegan & Sara recently took to their site express disappointment with the discussion and the treatment of his homophobic language. Here’s the full print:

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.

No genre is without its controversial and offensive characters- I’m not naive. I’ve asked myself a thousand times why this is pushing me over the edge. Maybe it’s the access to him (his grotesque twitter, etc). Maybe it’s because I’m a human being, both a girl and a lesbian. Maybe it’s because my mom has spent her whole adult life working with teenage girls who were victims of sexual assault. Maybe it’s because in this case I don’t think race or class actually has anything to do with his hateful message but has EVERYTHING to do with why everyone refuses to admonish him for that message.

It is not without great hesitation and hand wringing that I enter into the discourse about Tyler, the media who glorifies and excuses misogyny and homophobia, and the community of artists that doesn’t seem remotely bothered by it. I can only hope that someone reading this might be inspired to speak out. At the very least, I will know that my voice is on record.

Tyler’s response (Scroll a bit to the bottom to see it).

The subject should remain dead, buttttttttt a very interesting mashup recently came to light. So without further delay, a mashup between two beefing artists!

The Jane Doze – Tegan The Creator (The Jane Doze Mashup)


3 responses to “Tyler, The Creator Beefing with Tegan & Sara

  • Florence Knight N. Gill

    Oh no! Haven’t even listened to the mash-up yet, but I wonder how many more quiet people are lurking ready to attack “Tyler the Creator”. Sure, I like his music, but he is blatantly offensive and I can imagine that people in the industry are not in favor of his “bigotry”. I honestly feel though that controversy and inflammatory material were his gateway to fame and I kind of (secretly) hope he’s not really this big of an ass! Anyhow, thanks for your comment on the blog, we are really, really glad that you like it! Thanks for your suggestion, I am going to check it out/update right now!

  • koobeeny

    olllld but the only proper response to this is “Faggot bitch, you ain’t from Compton.”

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