It wouldn’t be a new week without a new Tyler, The Creator feud to post about. The latest challenger? Sara Quin of indie-rock duo Tegan and Sara.
Quin, a lesbian, posted last Friday about Goblin on teganandsara.com. Suffice it to say, she’s not a fan:
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?
Also in the post: scare quotes around “Tyler, The Creator,” criticisms about Tyler’s lyrics about rape (many and unquotable) and his “grotesque twitter,” a disclaimer that the post was made with “great hesitation and hand-wringing” and implications that no one else spoke out against Odd Future’s lyrics — which isn’t quite the case, but we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume someone opposed to Goblin wouldn’t want to read about it much either.
Tyler, for his part, responded with, uh, sharper words on said grotesque Twitter:
So yeah. Happy Monday, folks.