Tegan and Sara have been written about and interviewed thousands of times throughout their career, and probably 90 percent of the time they are asked about being a woman in music, being a lesbian in music or a combination of both. They’ve also been the subject of a song about their being gay by the punk band NOFX called “Creeping Out Sara,” which included insulting lyrics about incestuous relationships, dildos and other lesbian stereotypes.
So Sara Quin knows a thing or two about homophobia and misogyny in the music industry, and she has decided to take a stand against it. She took to her blog on teganandsara.com to air her grievances about the rapper Tyler, the Creator, who enjoys using “faggot” in his lyrics and everyday vernacular. And though you may have not heard of him yet, he’s one of hip-hop’s rising stars, which is why Sara wrote a blog post that included some of these sentiments:
Tyler obviously did not welcome this “call for change,” because this is what he Tweeted Sunday night:
Only a week ago he told The Guardian, “I’m not homophobic. I just say ‘faggot’ and use ‘gay’ as an adjective to describe stupid shit.” Clearly Mr. Tyler is, above all, ignorant. Should we be using “You’re so Tyler” when we’re talking about uneducated people with a lacking vocabulary? I might be OK with that.
Sara knew she could draw some of Tyler and his fan’s criticism by posting her thoughts in a public forum, and I commend her for it. She said she wanted to take a stand, and she has. She writes:
In 2009, when NOFX debuted their song about her, Sara told us how she felt about the insulting lyrics:
Three years later and it appears she’s changed her mind. Thank you, Sara, for bringing attention to this ridiculous pardoning that the media and critics give to someone they find aesthetically pleasing when they are consistently saying and doing hurtful, homophobic things. His Twitter retort is just a prime example of how much a blog post like this was needed by someone in Sara’s position.