Tegan and Sara Singer Calls Out Rapper Tyler for Homophobic Lyrics

In an open letter, Sara Quin of indie band Tegan and Sara, criticizes the entertainment industry for embracing the anti-gay and misogynistic lyrics of Odd Future rapper, Tyler, the Creator. “When will misogynistic and homophobic ranting and raving result in meaningful repercussions in the entertainment industry?” Quin asks. “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,” she continues. “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 the record.” Read Sara’s full letter here. Tyler has said in interviews that he is not homophobic, yet his Twitter feed and rhymes are rampant with anti-gay slurs and references. His defense that “people take things too seriously” or that he’s “just a kid” is inexcusable. Using hateful language, regardless of the context, is unacceptable and in fact, very serious. Tyler’s attempts to be provocative as well as his indifference towards the consequences of his actions are irresponsible. In an earlier statement issued about rapper Lil B, GLAAD stated that “…words matter. Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance.” GLAAD stands by its statement and continues to hold artists across all genres accountable for the messages they send to fans. We commend Sara Quin for speaking out publicly against Tyler’s lyrics and hope others will follow in her steps. GLAAD will continue to monitor media coverage of Tyler.