You guys are all cool, pretty hip or what not. So, maybe, you can you tell me why everyone is all about Tyler the Creator of Odd Future? I listened to a few of his tracks, and I’m not sure I can get down with lyrics littered with rape references and homophobic slurs. Wait. Scratch that. I know I can’t get down with those lyrics. In looking at responses to the criticism, I don’t know how many times I’ve seen: “But he’s so talented.” “He’s just goofing around.” “He doesn’t mean what he says.” “Stop taking his lyrics so seriously.” I will never stop taking misogynistic and homophobic language seriously. Just because he doesn’t stand behind the content of his lyrics doesn’t mean the people buying and listening to them do not.
There are others far more articulate than I on why we must look past the hype of Goblin to the problematic language blatant in most of the songs. Check out: John Doran for The Quietus and Sara Quin on her blog.
In one of my classes, we talked about what it means to go home. Can we take all that we have learned in this incredibly privileged space concerning our studies and ourselves, and take it back home, back to our parent(s)? That day reaffirmed how fortunate I am to have a mother who will always be home to me. She’s someone to whom I can tell everything, and she’s been with me on every journey. There are times when I’ve gone through utter darkness, and no one has been able to reach me like my mother. She is strong, and she is brave, and she is beautiful. Without her love and her sacrifice, I would not be the person I am today.
Tonight, I did not celebrate a death, but my appreciation for the troops, the victims of 9/11, our President, and the profound significance of this event. These celebrations do not necessarily signal a lack of brevity. My thoughts, for example, were with my Uncle Alex who was in the Pentagon the day it was attacked, and my mother who was also working in DC on that day. I’m sure others are also celebrating the efforts and memories of those affected by the man who was brought to justice today. We toast to them. Yes, there is always work to still be done, but I, for one, want to take this time to be hopeful. Tonight was an important night, and I’m glad I got to spend it surrounded by my William and Mary family.