Canadian pop/rock star Sara Quin has lashed out at rising Odd Future rapper Tyler, The Creator in an open letter to the media, calling on music journalists to stop praising him as a "genius" because his lyrics are "repulsive and irresponsible".
Tyler, The Creator released his latest solo album, Goblin, to a slew of positive reviews last week (ends13May11), but the violent content of the 20 year old's songs and tracks by his band Odd Future have also drawn controversy, with rhymes about rape and murder and the frequent use of homophobic slurs.
The acclaim lavished on the hip-hop newcomer has outraged Tegan and Sara singer Quin and the gay star has taken to the duo's website to publicly urge reporters to condemn Tyler's "sickening" and "hateful message".
She writes, "As journalists and colleagues defend, excuse and congratulate Tyler, The Creator, I find it impossible not to comment. In any other industry would I be expected to tolerate, overlook and find deeper meaning in this kid's sickening rhetoric? Why should I care about this music or its 'brilliance' when the message is so repulsive and irresponsible?
"No genre is without its controversial and offensive characters - I'm not naive. I've asked myself a thousand times why this is pushing me over the edge... Maybe it's because I'm a human being, both a girl and a lesbian. Maybe it's because my mum has spent her whole adult life working with teenage girls who were victims of sexual assault. Maybe it's because in this case I don't think race or class actually has anything to do with his hateful message but has Everything to do with why everyone refuses to admonish him for that message."
But the Odd Future frontman has brushed off Quin's angry letter on his blog, responding, "If Tegan and Sara need some hard d**k, hit me up!"