Anonymous asked: thoughts on critically acclaimed rappers who use the word faggot? are they breaking down what is 'offensive language' and taking it as their own or are they just instilling homophobia even more?
The latter. Nobody can make a slur “their own” except the group of people in question. And even then it’s a limited kind of victory.
Personally, I think it would be fantastic if rappers stopped loving that word and similar slurs.
About “critical acclaim”:
An artist can be good at something while being bad at something else. Someone can be talented and bigoted at the same time. This is the best usage of the term “problematic.” Though the term is sometimes met with cringes and winces of pain due to its heavy use here on tumblr dot website, it clearly defines that conflict between the reality of what we have and the desire for a better world.
We would like for the good art to also match our feelings and politics and attitudes but it doesn’t always work that way. An untalented artist who is a bigot isn’t really problematic. They’re just all around bad. A good artist who works their craft well, yet expresses harmful or hateful views: that’s a “problem.” Because it isn’t so easy to dismiss works like that. The art has an aesthetic value while being socially harmful in some way. A struggle, a conflict, a problem.
Anyway, that’s how I see it.