Tyler, The Creator has had a complicated relationship with the LGBT community thanks to his use of gay slurs in his music. But despite his love of the f-bomb, Tyler has shown support for the LGBT community as well, and he recently flexed his gay ally muscle when he revealed his new anti-homophobia T-shirts.
A few days ago, Tyler revealed the new shirt on his Instagram page and shocked fans by sharing that the logo is a reappropriation an old neo-Nazi logo known for its slogan, “White Pride Worldwide.” Instead, the logo features a rainbow color scheme along with the text “Golf Pride Worldwide.”
On his personal blog, Tyler explained why he was inspired to make such a statement using a neo-Nazi symbol.
“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 the ‘White’ box. 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 (I still wonder, who was the guy that said a rainbow is the gay symbol? that’s another article stay tuned) and take a photo with a white guy in it and we have an amazing photo,” he wrote.
Tyler then spoke about the impact of the image of him holding another man’s hand.
“The thing that tops it off is the homoerotic tone of the handholding, which to some degree has to piss off the guys who takes this logo serious. This made the photo even more important to me, because it was me playing with the idea of taking the power out of something so stupid. Or maybe my whole idea on this is stupid. Who knows, but why not try it out?” said Tyler.
And his blog post didn’t end there. Read what he had to say about being labeled a homophobe after the cut.