GLAAD Hits Out At Tyler, The Creator

Is he homophobic?
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American organisation GLAAD have entered the debate over Tyler, The Creator and his output.

Part of the Odd Future crew, Tyler, The Creator has continually courted controversy. His rhymes touch on topics most rappers ignore, seeming to delight in the furore which surrounds his output.

Recently though Tyler, The Creator has come in for some very exacting criticism. In an open letter, Canadian duo Tegan & Sara condemned the rapper for what they see as homophobia and misogyny in his lyrics.

Typically, the rapper refused to take the criticism seriously. Opening up his Twitter account, Tyler, The Creator asked the duo if they needed any "dick" and sparked a new wave of criticism.

Now gay rights group GLAAD have issued a statement supporting Tegan & Sara's stance. "Tyler has said in interviews that he is not homophobic, yet his Twitter feed and rhymes are rampant with anti-gay slurs and references. His defense that “people take things too seriously” or that he’s “just a kid” is inexcusable. Using hateful language, regardless of the context, is unacceptable and in fact, very serious. Tyler’s attempts to be provocative as well as his indifference towards the consequences of his actions are irresponsible."

The group then refer to an earlier debate over Lil B's lyrics, in which the GLAAD warned that “…words matter. Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance.”

Finishing, GLAAD said: "GLAAD stands by its statement and continues to hold artists across all genres accountable for the messages they send to fans. We commend Sara Quin for speaking out publicly against Tyler’s lyrics and hope others will follow in her steps. GLAAD will continue to monitor media coverage of Tyler."

Tyler, The Creator has yet to respond.

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