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Use of the words “fag” or “faggot” is in heavy rotation these days. I have not had the displeasure of hearing any of his material, but apparently, Tyler the Creator, frontman of Odd Future uses the word “faggot” more than 200 times on his CD, Goblin. Tyler recently told MTV News, “Well I have gay fans and they don’t really take it offensive, so I don’t know. If it offends you, it offends you.”
How does he know that all his fans (whoever they are) are not offended by his use of the word “faggot”, has he spoken to all of them?
Tyler has also been quoted as saying, 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 s—. But I don’t hate gay people. I don’t want anyone to think I’m homophobic. If you call me a n***a, I really don’t care, but that’s just me, personally. Some people might take it the other way, I personally don’t give a s—.”
As goofy as he looks and sounds, does he have a point? Calling a man a faggot is the quickest way to piss him off and kids today don’t fully understand the impact of the word “nigger” but are familiar with the term “nigga” which has very different meaning. People also use words that are politically incorrect when they call someone stupid or dumb, such as, “gay”, “faggot”, or “retarded” and some woman call each other bitches as a term of endearment. Furthermore, some gay people call each other “fag” as a term of endearment.
Is this simply a case of mistaken context identity? Meaning, are people taking the use of “fag” out of context in this situation? Does it offend you?
- Odd Future: 213 Uses of ‘Faggot’ Not Homophobic (theroot.com)
- Tyler, The Creator Defends His Use Of Other F-Word (mtv.com)
- Rapper Says Gay Fans Don’t Mind His Homophobic Language (redbeardedoctopus.wordpress.com)