As with any leaked album, the early (and unofficial) release of Tyler, the Creator’s Scum Fuck Flower Boy set the internet into a frenzy. Like moths to a flame or, more fittingly, bees to a flower, Tyler’s fans flocked to various streaming websites to give the album a listen an entire 11 days before its scheduled release and here’s what they’ve gathered: It’s a solid LP, and Tyler could be gay.
Lines from tracks like “Foreword”:
“Shout-out to the girls that I lead on for occasional head and always keeping my bed warm / And trying their hardest to keep my head on straight”
“For the garden / That is where I was hidin’ / That is what love I was in / Ain’t no reason to pretend”
And “I Ain’t Got Time” :
“Next line will have them like ‘Woah’ / I been kissing white boys since 2004”
Hint at this idea.
And I believe it was Aristotle himself who said, “If that was true, so what? Di ba, it’s not new anymore. Come on guys, it’s 2017. Let’s all be open-minded.”And open-minded we shall be. So pull up the comfiest seat in the house, the objective chair, ‘cause we’re running down the six typical reactions to Tyler’s coming out.
Tyler has more than once been vocal about his homophobia (he mentions the derogatory slang term for a gay man (the “f” word) a staggering 213 times on his 2011 debut album Goblin alone) and him now identifying as gay is genuinely surprising.
You saw it coming
Adding to the first point you could interpret Tyler’s offensive behavior as a defense mechanism. To which Goblin-era Tyler would probably quip, “I’m not gay, I just wanna boogie to some Marvin”
You’re happy for him
That’s if you’re among the more positive and accepting demographic of the Internet. Congratulations to you and Tyler!
You see it as a publicity stunt
What is it that they say? “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” As long as they’re talking it’s all good press, right?
You think he’s trolling
Tyler’s entire public image has revolved around him taking the piss out of everything and you wouldn’t be surprised if this were one of them.
You don’t give a rat’s ass
Quoting our very own Celene Sakurako, “It’s 2017, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or what it’s not a big deal anymore. It’s all about self-love.”
Of course these are just some of the possible reactions to Tyler’s coming out, and we are by no means claiming that he is or isn’t gay. And if so, so what di ba?
What are your thoughts? Is Tyler coming out on Scum Fuck Flower Boy or not?
Featured image screen grab from “Who Dat Boy” MV
By Vera Cabanos