Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator & The Internet at Odds Over “Blackface” Merchandise
Odd Future's meteoric rise to fame was strongly, if not entirely, attributed to controversy. Years later, Odd Future front man Tyler, The Creator is taking the old adage "controversy sells" quite literally. As part of Odd Future's latest clothing release, Tyler released a hat and t-shirt featuring blackface, which in case you aren't exactly sure what that is, Wikipedia describes as: a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person.
In the past Tyler has been subject to protests from LBGT groups, to Mountain Dew. But recently the push back to Tyler's antics struck closer to home, as members of his own Odd Future group protested the recent stunt. Last week both Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians of Odd Future lashed out at Tyler on Twitter criticizing him for the use of blackface.
After those initial tweets, both Syd and Matt went back and forth with Tyler, who tweets were sent from his private account therefore not viewable. Reddit user ReconEG grabbed a screenshot of the entire dialogue, which you can see below.
While both Syd and Matt toyed with Tyler, asking him to "drop them" from the label, they also accused the Odd Future frontman of doing "backhand shit" to both Syd and Earl Sweatshirt. While these exchanges happened over a week ago, it seems like it was just family fighting and that their differences were eventually resolved.
However, last night Tyler released a song called "Look" where he addressed the situation, rapping: "I see a victim, call the fucking doctors. I'm starting to see symptoms, faggot getting sick again. Fucker get a syringe and a prayer from all your friends. That are actors that do not have to pretend with me if they see blood. Cuz, red and blue like what the fuck's popping? I'm the blackface with white America, a noose in my pocket. Everyone's dumb or either dead, so you do not have an option. So I'm sorry Martian and activist I'm bout to tie knots with And ain't no one gon' stop shit."
We're not sure what this back and forth between Syd, Matt, and Tyler will lead to. It could easily blow over, if it hasn't already, or it could equally lead to The Internet further distancing themselves from Tyler. Regardless of whichever way it swings, it's at the very least interesting to see that Odd Future's ranks aren't scared to question their leader.