Out Magazine just published a profile on Odd Future member and one half of internet sensation The Internet, Syd the Kyd. The 19-year-old producer/artist has been with the collective since it first started gaining attention. She's also firmly stood by group leader Tyler, The Creator when he's been accused of misogyny and homophobia.
She tells the magazine:
"Most of the homos I know use homophobic slurs, and it's never a problem unless someone who's not a part of the group is using the word," Syd says. "But a lot of people take things out of context, and you've got to understand that there is a difference between saying, ‘Hey, you faggot' and 'Hey, faggot.' When Tyler says 'faggot,' he's not referring to gays, he's referring to lame people. And in our vocabulary, that's what the word 'faggot' means. I'm not offended by the word 'faggot' — and I am one."
That isn't enough for some critics, like Mindy Abovitz, editor of Tom Tom Magazine. The magazine, which focuses on female drummers, recently canceled a piece on Syd after taking offense at some of her latest work, a music video in which she was depicted doing blow and tossing a recent hookup from a moving car. "We finally have an empowered, talented, young black queer female artist and she is performing and presenting as a misogynistic dude. Perhaps we need to take the limelight off the artists that are doing us a disservice," said Abovitz.
Syd's not backing down, telling Out that she's not about to try to conform to anyone's idea of who she should be and she'd rather people focus on her work. The article also mentions that she recently told LA Weekly she herself found there to be a lack of inspiring queer female artists, and went on to accuse Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott of being closeted.