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Jan 19, 2012
It seems pretty ludicrous that Syd ‘tha’ Kid of the infamous, controversial group OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) would dare to openly criticize others about their lifestyle choices. Syd recently revealed her sexual orientation in the music video for ‘Cocaine’, one of the collaborations between herself and Matt Martians, the second half of the sub-group ‘The Internet’.
In an interview for LA Weekly, Syd shared some unsolicited information about the sexual orientation of certain celebrities."There’s Alicia Keys, who’s married to Swizz Beatz – we know that shit ain’t real. You got Queen Latifah kissing Common in movies. Missy Elliott saying she don’t wanna hang with bitches. You know she loves her some bitches."
Granted, the question was about the lack of out and proud urban artists, and I completely get the frustration she feels as a young gay woman who doesn’t have too many people to look up to. Still, I can’t believe that someone who is affiliated with a group as hateful as Odd Future, would dare to point fingers at anyone else over their lifestyle choices.
It’s baffling enough that a GAY WOMAN would ever defend homophobic, misogynist, racist music. It’s like the story of the half Hawaiian/half Hispanic woman who married a white supremacist on Hitler’s birthday. How can anyone associate with someone who seems to hate a part of their identity? I don’t get it.
I can’t say anything about the sexual orientations of the people who she ‘outed’. If there’s one thing that I have learned, it’s that human sexuality is way too fluid and complicated to ever be categorized as one thing or another. People constantly evolve, and when they do, we learn new things about the human capacity for love and desire.
Take for instance concepts like pansexuality, queer-genderedness, and the identifier ‘masculine of center’. A few years ago, we hadn’t heard of these. We never knew that anyone could possibly feel this way. And while most people can barely wrap their heads around ‘queer’ and ‘intersex’, let alone pomosexuality and others, they exist. Maybe the reason why these people haven’t come out is because they still haven’t figured out who they are.
Hey! It happened to Chris Crocker. He went from being a pretty boy, to a pretty girl, and now he’s back to being a good-looking young man with a stubbled chin. When asked why he went back to identifying as a man, he said that was who he felt he was right now (“…isn’t the point of life to grow and to change?”). It’s all about evolution and transitioning. There’s absolutely nothing that dictates that we must nail ourselves to a certain identity.
It could be said that Syd is at a stage in her life where she hasn’t quite decided who she is. Hence her dislike of the word ‘lesbian’ and hanging out with ‘groups of lesbians’. Maybe she’ll come to identify as queer. Maybe she’ll identify as male. The point here is, for someone with such a scrambled agenda, you’d think she would sympathize with Queen Latifah and co. instead of stating unfounded accusations as though they were hard facts. Hell, it’s almost as if she felt lonely after coming out and decided to out some other people to keep her company.
As for the whole Odd Future controversy thing, the duo had this to say,Martians: "Hodgy, Tyler and Earl didn’t plan to rap about those things to get a reaction from the media. They were doing it from the jump. So don’t crown us for being these ‘important’ guys, and then what you crown us for, you wanna clown us for. We didn’t ask for you to put us up here like this."
Syd: "If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it."
Martians: "Right. But a lot of people do because they feel like they have to listen to Odd Future. They feel like they need to have an opinion."
Syd: "That, and a lot of people feel like they don’t have a cause to fight for. So when they can get on the internet and rant about something, they take their chance."
Martians: "People like being offended. Let’s be real."
If the interview was a courtroom and they were the defendants, they’d lose the case before it even started. First, if they had been rapping like that from the get go and people had started to tell them their music was hateful, why didn’t they just stop? If they recognize that their lyrics celebrate rape, homophobia, and misogyny (all bad things clearly), isn’t there a better way to express their talent without offending so many people?
Second, it’s true that we could all just not listen to their music if we don’t like it. I personally have applied the “shut your eyes/ears if you don’t like it” theory, but I bet that if I came on the radio everyday and said something hateful directed at the group (Like Will & Grace’s Karen Walker did to Beverly Leslie – “Attention Republicans! Beverly Leslie is a homosexual. I repeat, a homosexual”), I bet they’d have some interesting things to say.
I’m going to break my rule about not calling things stupid just because I don’t agree, to say yes, the theory that people are so mad at Odd Future because they feel they need to have an opinion and have no other cause to fight for is stupid. The statement claims that people essentially do not have anything better to do. Stupidest of all, is the statement that people like being offended. REALLY?! I don’t know about you but I don’t like to get my feathers ruffled for no reason. Like anyone would ever go, “Hmmmm, I’m bored. Lemme go on the internet and find something to get angry about.”
I blame the people who are constantly hyping up their music, telling them that they can do no wrong and to please, go ahead and call everyone names even if the world keeps telling you we don’t like it.