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the new 'some of my best friends are...'?
think the woman producer is a lesbian as well and she would be uncomfortable if they were actually homophobic.
sure seem to hate 'faggots' though :/
I quite like some of their stuff, I am fond of them trolling for offence sometimes while inhabiting the persona of a teenage delinquent, but they're also one of those bands that want to use faggot as an insult but deny they mean anything bad by it too, that and i think recent more worrying misogynist stuff that seems without any facesaving context have put me off them somewhat.
but then that's kinda their thing isn't it? i dunno it's difficult to take the homophobia any more seriously than their stuff about rape, murder, cannibalism, etc
knew someone would've got there first
That's a worse question
But I still don't like the use of the word "faggot"...or "nigger".
According to GLAAD, Tyler and Company unapologetically drop the word "fa**ot and it's variants a total of 213 times on the album Goblin. When addressing the criticism in an interview with NME, Tyler absolves himself of any responsibility by claiming that he's not aiming the word at gay people in particular, but just using it as a synonym of weakness and stupidity.
"I'm not homophobic. I just think 'f****t' hits and hurts people. It hits. And 'gay' just means you're stupid. I don't know, we don't think about it, we're just kids. We don't think about that s--t. But I don't hate gay people. I don't want anyone to think I'm homophobic."
Unfortunately, Tyler's philosophy is not rare. I have rarely had a discussion on these terms where someone didn't insist that words only have the power we give them. People act -- or for that matter, don't act -- based on the ideas and priorities by which they live. Words are the X Box controllers of ideas and the F word, much like its elder cousin, the N word, continue to be bigot shorthand for "these people aren't entirely human and I can target, degrade and even kill them without consequence." These hot button terms aren't "just words" any more than a burning Qur'an is "just a book" or a burning flag is "just cloth."
Racism and homophobia are social diseases. When only symptoms of these contagious diseases are treated, they spring up in other less obvious incarnations. No matter what we tell ourselves, we have not treated these ailments, we've merely mutated our racism and homophobia. We've trained ourselves not to use easily recognizable hate speech. Our racism has traded in the N word for coded language like "welfare queens" and our anti-gay crusaders reserve the F word for private conversation, shifting their public rhetoric to "family values."
Tyler, if you love your homie, you've got some serious work to do on understanding the power of words and the way they affect people. But we as a society, particularly those of us who care about human dignity, we've got some serious work to do in embracing and nurturing young people even when they show evidence of the blind spots our society has cursed them with.