The motherly tone of this article is more off-putting to me than any lyric that came from Odd Future. Either applaud their autonomy (and rudimentary grasp of semiotics that a lot of ppl seem to lack), or chastise them for their use of bad language (*gasp*), but trying to have it both ways seems disingenuous. The bias is glaring. Righteous finger-wagging is anyone’s right — but does it really have a place in the realm of hip hop, or music (or any creative province)? Anyone’s confusion, frustration, or misunderstanding of a camaraderie between Frank Ocean and Odd Future is not any fault (or problem) of Frank Ocean’s. Victimizing/speaking for Frank Ocean doesn’t further legitimize anyone’s point either. How did he ‘tolerate’ their ‘homophobia’? This is the burning question regarding a collaboration that launched several careers? (Maybe because he’s a tolerable dude, for starters, take note). We know these cats aren’t hateful or malevolent, and anyone who feels threatened by their — or any musician’s — output has little to no business writing about music (unless it’s for some Bill O’Reilly editorial, then at least the pay would be halfway decent). Regarding Syd, and the gay community’s ironic bullying of her (with their reductionist/archaic outlook of guilt-by-association), these were also her words in the article referenced:

“The gay community hated me for being part of Odd Future,” Bennett says. “They thought Odd Future was homophobic because they tend to use homophobic slang, and they were like: ‘How can you work for and support homophobes?’ But they aren’t homophobic; they just don’t really care whether you’re offended or not.”

(I’d prefer to take it from someone who was there.) It’s a real bummer that I’ll sooner see a think piece about Tyler’s ‘dirty mouth’ than see one about him, for instance, recently taking on the high fashion establishment. There are ppl out there who are quite literally homophobic; some whose language literally shape laws that literally affect anyone involved with the gay community, and who are more deserving of this literal scrutiny that’s being applied to a rap/art collective. Next I’m going to hear that Childish Gambino is a homophobe, too…

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