Tegan And Sara Member Blasts Tyler, The Creator For Homophobia

Sara Quin of Tegan And Sara duo has posted an open letter on the group's website, decrying rapper Tyler, The Creator's use of homophobic lyrics.

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While anarchic rap troupe Odd Future and leader Tyler, The Creator have captivated underground hip-hop fans and earned praise from Diddy, Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams over the past year, one musician who is decidedly against Tyler's antics is Sara Quin, one-half of indie-rock sister duo Tegan And Sara. The singer has posted an open letter on the group's website describing Tyler, The Creator as a "bully" and decrying the rapper's use of homophobic and misogynistic lyrics.

"In any other industry would I be expected to tolerate, overlook and find deeper meaning in this kid's sickening rhetoric?" Quin writes in the letter, which is titled "Call for Change". "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."

Quin also takes aim at the media for its efforts to "defend, excuse and congratulate" Tyler, The Creator, who released his sophomore album, "Goblin", last Tuesday (May 10). The album has generated a favorable score of 72 out of 100 on Metacritic.

"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?" asks Quin, who describes herself as "a human being, both a girl and a lesbian" in the letter. "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."

Meanwhile, Tyler, The Creator posted his response to Sara's impassioned letter on Twitter yesterday: "If Tegan And Sara Need Some Hard D**k, Hit Me Up!" Tyler and the rest of Odd Future continue their U.S. tour tonight in Detroit.

Thanks for the report to Billboard.com.

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    If you don't know who either side are, please educate yourselves. Tegan and Sara put out brilliant music while this ass puts out party anthems that will be forgotten in a few weeks.
    i don't understand the love for odd future. it's terrible hip hop and extraordinarily offensive. plus, his response on twitter is exceedingly offensive. what an ass.
    Agreed, he's making hip-hop look disgraceful. There are other ways to create lyrical expressions that do not offend others. It's been done before.
    gsmccabe wrote: i don't understand the love for odd future. it's terrible hip hop and extraordinarily offensive. plus, his response on twitter is exceedingly offensive. what an ass.
    I personally have never truly had respect for Odd Future or Tyler, and I absolutely love Tegan and Sara. She's correct in saying the things she's saying, especially since all of their music seems to be about murder, rape, homophobia, etc. And his response on twitter really shows what an uneducated bigot he really is.
    He's said multiple times, sometimes even put disclaimers in songs, that he's just emulating horror movies and shit that will make people scared, it has nothing to do with his own opinions. And yes the art industry constantly deals with shit like this, what Tyler does is no worse then what any slasher film has done. I personally feel she's being a bit oversensitive here, as a direct quote from the song goblin says "I'm not even homophobic, faggot", expressing his true feelings in an ironic way. There are far bigger threats and people to deal with in relation to homosexuality then a rapper, simply put.
    By the way, this is the evil that twitter and youtube have brought to the world: they provide a platform for every mal-adjusted moron to whine incessantly about useless garbage. Life's tough and it's unfair. Get used to it or get beat by it.
    I don't know how to feel. I flippin' love Odd Future. And I think Tegan and Sara have some cool songs. D:
    It makes me laugh how mad people get now because of words. Who cares what people say, let it roll off your back. If you acknowledge it, it's only going to empower the opposition. Grow a thicker skin.
    Hahaha, don't know any of these people, but that dude's response is hysterical. I also find it funny how people only seem to get outraged about things that personally affect them. Where's the outrage and personally drafted letter of complaint (a.k.a. bitching to thin air) regarding vastly worse problems affecting many more people. Maybe be outraged about famine, poverty, and pestilence before you spend your energy on this nonsense.
    This Tyler character is the creator of homophobia? According to this article he sounds like a pretty chill bro.
    I've practically never heard of any of these people, aside from reading articles where they get mentioned and the writer acts like I should know who they're talking about. I've never heard music from either one. But the girl seems like a largemouth vagina. And the guy seems like a role model.
    Tyler the Creator comes off as a bigtime misogynist and homophobe in his raps, as the most of the lyrics content deals with themes of hate and violence directed at various people. Through watching and reading various interviews with him, I've learned it's not exactly what he thinks as a human being, and it's only in his music. He can come off as a bit of an ass with the things he says, but he doesn't care, and that mindset is what drives his musical output. Tyler is the founder and leader of a hip-hop group called Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, which has 11 music-making members in it. Their ages range from 16-24. They are largely independent coming out of LA, recording and producing all their music themselves. The love for Odd Future is present because it's controversial. People are intrigued by the lyrical content and are usually amazed by how offensive it can be, which leads to them being drawn into it. It's exactly what happened with Eminem, and from what I've read, OF really likes him. As for myself, I enjoyed the music more than the lyrics, but they have both continued to grow on me.
    Tragic Mulatto
    it seems like she's only heard a few OF songs and doesn't know much about them. she comes off as very ignorant here. Tyler is not homophobic, he is hateful, but it's not directed at gays, it's an all encompassing hate for the whole world. Sheeeittttt one of their members is a ****ing lesbian (Syd tha kid). I can forgive sara cause i can see that tyler might come off badly on the surface when you look at him through a middle american fox news bullshit angle, but if u go deeper you'll know whats up.