From the moment Odd Future became a thing, so too did debate over the lyrical content of their songs. There’s no need to rehash all the arguments, because I’m pretty sure we’re all familiar with them at this point and, if not, well, that’s what Internet searches are for. And now, Tyler, the Creator – who not only was interviewed by NME but appears on the magazine’s latest cover – is adding his own counterpoint, which mostly consists of him defending himself against charges that he’s homophobic. It’s a lengthy quote, so I’ll just present it in its entirety:
“It hurts me when people can’t see beyond the first layer. They don’t listen to the word play, or the patterns we use in the song, or the vocabulary we use. They just look at the word “sodomise,” or “rape,” or “bitch” or some shit, and just go like “Oh my god, did you hear what he just said?” No, did you hear how he said it? The terms he used to say it?
A lot of people take stuff too seriously. So some of the time it’s actually for them, my subconscious doing it on purpose, just to piss them off. I want people to take that stuff too seriously, especially shit like that. But, just, whatever. I try to preach be yourself and do what you want. It’s not our fault if they’re fucking dumb enough to believe this shit…I just turned 20. I’m just living life and having as much fun as I can. I don’t think about shit like that.
I’m not homophobic. I just think faggot hits and hurts people. It hits. And gay just means you’re stupid. I don’t know, we don’t think about it, we’re just kids. We don’t think about that shit. But I don’t hate gay people. I don’t want anyone to think I’m homophobic. ([His friend] Jasper walks into the room) But he’s a fucking faggot!”
To go into what I think of this is 1) pointless and 2) would only add to the noise, so talk amongst yourselves, if you like. That is, if you’re not too tired and over the discussion to bother. [Vulture]