Tyler, The Creator fans are pretty damn certain the rapper comes out as either gay or bisexual in his new album ‘Scum Fuck Flower Boy‘, which leaked online two weeks early.
Specifically, there’s a line in ‘I Ain’t Got Time!‘, where he raps: “Next line will have ’em like ‘Whoa’ / I been kissing white boys since 2004.”
Then there’s a few bars on ‘Garden Shed‘, where he raps about forbidden love and feeling forced to hide things from your friends. “Them feelings I was guardin’, heavy on my mind / All my friends was lost, they couldn’t read the signs / I didn’t want to talk and I tell ’em my location, and they ain’t want to walk / Truth is, since a youth kid, thought it was a phase / Though it’s be like the Frank; poof, gone, but it’s still goin’ on.”
Then again, Tyler has been joking – or was it a joke? – about being gay for years. He’s also used some wildly homophobic and bigoted language in the past, and it should be noted that identifying as gay doesn’t suddenly make that okay.
I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO AND NO ONE CARED HAHAHHAHAHA
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) April 13, 2015
Tyler, the Creator coming out as gay is some of the least surprising yet very surprising news I’ve heard in a while.
— young old man (@_aspiringadult) July 10, 2017
A Rolling Stone article from 2015 addressed the gay rumours, after noting that it was “clear that [Tyler] just does whatever the fuck he wants, whenever he wants”, and citing a joke he made about doing heroin all day despite being completely sober.
Author Ernest Baker writes:
For the past two days I’ve wondered, is Tyler actually gay? I cannot emphasise how much gay humour plays a role in the atmosphere around him. It’s like a continuous loop of the “You know how I know you’re gay?” scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Never more than a few minutes pass without him saying he’s going to suck someone’s dick or him accusing someone of wanting to suck dick. At one point on the bus, he recalls sending nude photos to a group chat with his friends and no one responded. “My friends are so used to me being gay,” Tyler says, “they don’t even care.”
I finally ask, Why all the gay humour? “Because I’m gay as fuck,” he says, without a flinch. Seriously, are you gay? Are these repressed feelings? “No, but I am in love with ’96 Leonardo DiCaprio,” he says. “I one hundred percent would go gay for ’96 Leo. Oh, and Cole Sprouse.”
At the time of writing, neither Tyler nor his management have confirmed whether fans are interpreting his lyrics correctly.
Obviously, sexuality is a wide-ranging kaleidoscope and Tyler, like anyone, is welcome to present themselves and identify as whatever they want. We just hope this isn’t some faux-controversy stunt using a queer label for attention.
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