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When rising hip-hop star Frank Ocean revealed to the world that he had been in a relationship with another man, one of the first to voice his support was Ocean’s Odd Future band mate Tyler, the Creator, who tweeted on Wednesday, “My Big Brother Finally Fucking Did That… Proud Of That Nigga Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. I’m A Toilet.”
Oh, wow, jeez, Tyler. Your words are so… heartfelt?
But let’s not forget that the Creator has spewed more homophobic doggerel at age 21 than most MCs drop in a whole career. His album Goblin had 213 anti-gay slurs in it, according to NME, including nearly a dozen “fags” and “faggots.” (GLAAD called the scale of Goblin’s anti-gay rhetoric “frankly staggering.”)
Here’s a sampling of Tyler’s pretty poetry:
* “Come take a stab at it faggot, I pre-ordered your casket”
* “Deep down, I’m an emo-fuckin’ faggot that’s depressed”
* “You silly rabbit faggot tricks are for kids so we go, Abracadabra”
The Creator just can’t stop dropping F-bombs—not just in his lyrics, but in interviews and on Twitter. And when lesbian singers Tegan and Sara called him out on his homophobia, he tweeted, “If Tegan and Sara need some hard dick, hit me up!”
It’d be bad enough if Tyler was just lazily reinforcing homophobic stereotypes about hip-hop and African-American men. But he knew he had (at least) two LGBT collaborators in Odd Future—Ocean and lesbian beatmaker Syd tha Kid—and didn’t care how his words might hurt them.
In a Formspring post this week, Tyler elaborated:
“ive know for a while, he told me a long time ago. it was just funny cause i was getting bashed as a homophobe or whatever and i kept saying dude how am i one? i have gay friends like what the fuck leave me alone haha. yeah thats my nigga tho, shit is hard for him but he did that.”
We almost want to take Ocean to task for working with such a douche, but we’re not gonna go that far. (It’d be nice if someone did, though.)
Maybe we’re getting too worked up. After all, as Tyler told NME last year, “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.”
Oh okay, that makes it better: Someone who makes millions from their words doesn’t think about those words.