During an interview in the current issue of NME, of-the-moment shock-rapper Tyler the Creator addressed the people who’ve expressed concern or just outright anger at his liberal use of the word “faggot,” both in his music and on his unreadable Twitter feed. His defense is pretty much what you’d expect.
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.
Oh boy. I don’t know why we can’t expect a 20-year-old to understand that his use of a particular word is actually counterproductive and hurtful, and that the people who are offended by it maybe aren’t just “taking stuff too seriously.” Even worse than that, though, is this idea that he expects those people to be able to see past how they feel and praise him for his fucking word play. It’s a notion that would be laughable in any other part of society or, really, even in any other art form, and is here as well. We need to stop pretending otherwise. [NY Mag]