Tegan and Sara finally take a stand against Tyler the Creator and his hateful gimmick
Tegan and Sara are two little indie pixies, and I have never been able to really tell if they are sisters, lovers, or if they come from some place where the entire population is alt elves. Anyways, they are the first band to publicly come out and say, "yall know what... the shit that Tyler the Creator is pooping out of his mouth is not very cool at all. In fact, he is saying some rlly dangerous stuff, and it doesn't matter if ppl want to brand it is 'cool', it's just plain wrong and i am ashamed 2 be in this industry."
As women, lesbians, and humans, the twee pop duo couldn't stand silently any more.
In a post called "A call for change", Tegan/Sara really let TyTy have it....
When will misogynistic and homophobic ranting and raving result in meaningful repercussions in the entertainment industry? When will they be treated with the same seriousness as racist and anti-Semitic offenses? While an artist who can barely get a sentence fragment out without using homophobic slurs is celebrated on the cover of every magazine, blog and newspaper, I’m disheartened that any self-respecting human being could stand in support with a message so vile.
As journalists and colleagues defend, excuse and congratulate ‘Tyler, the Creator,’ I find it impossible not to comment. In any other industry would I be expected to tolerate, overlook and find deeper meaning in this kid’s sickening rhetoric? Why should I care about this music or its “brilliance” when the message is so repulsive and irresponsible? There is much that upsets me in this world, and this certainly isn’t the first time I’ve drafted an open letter or complaint, but in the past I’ve found an opinion – some like-minded commentary – that let me rest assured that my outrage, my voice, had been accounted for. Not this time.
If any of the bands whose records are held in similar esteem as Goblin had lyrics littered with rape fantasies and slurs, would they be labeled hate mongers? I realize I could ask that question of DOZENS of other artists, but is Tyler exempt because people are afraid of the backlash? The inevitable claim that detractors are being racist, or the brush-off that not “getting it” would indicate that you’re “old” (or a faggot)? Because, the more I think about it, the more I think people don’t actually want to go up against this particular bully because he’s popular. Who sticks up for women and gay people now? It seems entirely uncool to do so in the indie rock world, and I’ll argue that point with ANYONE.
R u happy that some1 finally 'took a stand' against OF?
Is OF just glorified juggalo music?
Are magazines and blogs that 'cover' Tyler the Creator 'effing cowards' who need 2 stand up 4 what is right?
Is OF really 'that' controversial?
Is the OF meme 'finally' winding down and we can finally accept them as a group of submediocre artists?
No genre is without its controversial and offensive characters- I’m not naive. I’ve asked myself a thousand times why this is pushing me over the edge. Maybe it’s the access to him (his grotesque twitter, etc). Maybe it’s because I’m a human being, both a girl and a lesbian. Maybe it’s because my mom has spent her whole adult life working with teenage girls who were victims of sexual assault. Maybe it’s because in this case I don’t think race or class actually has anything to do with his hateful message but has EVERYTHING to do with why everyone refuses to admonish him for that message.
It is not without great hesitation and hand wringing that I enter into the discourse about Tyler, the media who glorifies and excuses misogyny and homophobia, and the community of artists that doesn’t seem remotely bothered by it. I can only hope that someone reading this might be inspired to speak out. At the very least, I will know that my voice is on record.
Why do we let this young man say these horrible things abt sex/violence?
R u on #TeamTeganandSara? or do u h8 women?
Are Tegan and Sara just trying to get back in the headlines?
Are other buzzbands jealous and frustrated abt the Tyler the Creator buzz levels?
Who is 'right'?
Who will be the next artist 2 stand up and say that OF totally sux as a band/as humans?
R u ashamed of 'our industry'?