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Tyler, the Creator is at it again – says he ‘likes girls but has sex with their brothers’ while using ‘gay’ as an insult

Reiss Smith November 20, 2019
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Tyler, the Creator has rapped about having relationships with men, but also has a history of using homophobic language. (Getty)

Everybody’s problematic fave Tyler, the Creator is at it again, addressing his sexuality at the same time as using homophobic language.

Speaking to GQ, the musician said that he “likes girls” but “ends up f***ing their brother every time”.

During the interview with journalist Carrie Battan, Tyler’s attention was piqued by a car waiting at a nearby stoplight, playing his song ‘Earfquake’.

He reportedly walked over the driver, “agitated” and admonished him with: “I want you to know how gay that is.

“Why are you driving by, playing my music? Just in case you ever see another person who makes music, that’s the gayest thing ever. Just don’t do it ever again.”

Returning from the car, Tyler continued to riff on this theme.

“That guy talks his way out of p****,” he said.

“The girls are like, ‘I almost f***ed him, but then he said…’ I love the talk-your-way-out-of-p**** guy. That was him. Always doing a little too much.”

To underline his point, he added: “It makes me dislike him.”

Rapper used homophobic slurs in his music.

In his early career, Tyler, the Creator came under heavy criticism for his use of homophobic slurs, particularly in his debut album Goblin, released in 2011.

He defended himself in a NME interview at the time, telling the magazine: “I’m not homophobic. I just think ‘faggot’ 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.”

In August 2015 he was banned from entering the UK by then-home secretary Theresa May, who said that his lyrics “encouraged violence and intolerance of homosexuality”.

He insisted again that he wasn’t homophobic, telling The Guardian: “The thing that irks me about it is that the paper saying I am denied entry to the UK clearly states that these songs were written from [the perspective of] an alter ego – which means they obviously did some research on these songs that they’re detaining me for.

“So the argument is right there! This song is written from an alter ego – I’m not like this!”

He has also maintained that race was a contributing factor in the ban.

Tyler, the Creator ‘kisses white boys’.

At around the same time, Tyler began to address his own sexuality.

“I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO AND NO ONE CARED HAHAHHAHAHA,” he tweeted in April 2015.

Flower Boy, the first album released by Tyler after the UK ban, did more to encourage speculation on his sexuality, with lyrics such as: “Next line will have ’em like, ‘Whoa’ / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.”

One track, ‘Garden Shed’, talks about hiding in a “garden shed for the garçons”, with Tyler adding: “Truth is, since a youth kid, thought it was a phase.”

Speaking to Fantastic Man following the album’s release, he said that he “didn’t know” why he’d written the lyrics.

“It’s a literal question [his sexuality] and the thing about humans is we hate not having an answer.

“We hate not being in the know. So people will bull**** answers, make s*** up, instead of being just, like… I don’t know. There are some things that are just unexplainable.”

Related topics: GQ, Homophobia, Sexuality, Theresa May, Tyler the Creator

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