Tyler, The Creator has been accused of homophobia for years, but recently revealed a new line of anti-homophobia merchandise that reappropriates an old neo-Nazi logo known for its slogan, "White Pride Worldwide." His shirts features a rainbow version of the logo with the words "Golf Pride Worldwide," referencing the rapper's fashion collective Golf Wang.
In a post on Golf Wang, he explained his fascination with neo-Nazis and the inspiration for the shirts. "Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that these guys aren’t fans of Blacks, Gays, Asians or anything else that doesn’t fit in 'white' box," he wrote. "Now having the thought process that I have, I asked myself some questions: What if a black guy wore this logo on a shirt? Would he be promoting self hate? Would he be taking the power out of a shape? What if a gay guy wore this on a shirt? Would he promoting Homophobia? Then BAM! I Had it. Throw a little rainbow in the logo."
Tyler, The Creator was criticized for using the word "faggot" over 200 different times in his 2011 album "Goblin," and has defended his use of the word in the past. "It's just another word that has no meaning," he told Arsenio Hall in 2013. He addresses those sentiments while explaining the new shirts and ended his post like this:
...Ever since my career started, I've been labeled as a homophobe, simply because of my use of the word faggot. Again, trying to take the power out of something, I WAS NEVER REFERRING TO SOMEONES SEXUAL PREFERENCE WHEN USING THAT WORD. I mean, i’m legit one of the least homophobic guys to walk this earth but, most people just read the surface. But maybe someone will see this photo and say “Hey, he’s just mocking gays” or “ this has a negative undertone to it, he is still pushing this homophobic whatever the fuck it is”. What ever it is, I just wanted to give you guys some background info on the design before you purchase the shirt. You should know what you are wearing. be safe, love. RACISM FUCKING SUCKS.