Andrew Sullivan on ‘homophobia’:
I don’t like the word myself. There’s a smugness to it that doesn’t sit well with me. And it also implies that a religious or moral position against homosexuality is inherently irrational. It may be highly rational in the context of wanting to maintain a social hierarchy, or a coherent theocracy. I also think that a lot of anti-gay feeling is fear-driven, but it is also contempt-driven. Why not replace homophobia with fear and hatred of gay people. Orwell would approve, I suspect. Use shorter words when possible; avoid Latinate constructions; keep language real. So I guess I have no real problem with the AP’s decision as long as it does not lead to ignoring stories of anti-gay fear and loathing that need to be told.
The beef, in three sentences:
Tyler’s brutal, fascinating, endlessly cynical new disc, “Goblin,” is pockmarked with homophobic and misogynistic slurs and rape and murder fantasies, for which critics (read: mostly white guys) have largely given him a pass.
Tegan and Sara’s Sara Quin posted an open letter on the duo’s website condemning Tyler and asking if he’s getting away with behavior another artist wouldn’t because potential critics fear “[t]he inevitable claim that detractors are being racist, or the brush-off that not “getting it” would indicate that you’re “old” (or a [expletive])?”
Tyler quickly responded with a tweet: “If Tegan And Sara Need Some Hard [Expletive], Hit Me Up!”
Summing up the “beef” between Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator & Tegan and Sara.