Odd Future star Tyler, The Creator has been targeted by a gay rights advocacy group for using "hateful language" in his music.
Bosses at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad) have blasted the rising rapper for his controversial rhymes about rape and murder and insist the homophobic slurs he has published on Twitter.com are "inexcusable".
Kimberley MCLeod, of Glaad, writes online, "Tyler has said in interviews that he is not homophobic, yet his Twitter feed and rhymes are rampant with anti-gay slurs and references. His defense that 'people take things too seriously' or that he's 'just a kid' is inexcusable.
"Using hateful language, regardless of the context, is unacceptable and in fact, very serious. Tyler's attempts to be provocative as well as his indifference towards the consequences of his actions are irresponsible."
Glaad's criticism comes just days after Tegan and Sara pop/rock star Sara Quin published an open letter urging music journalists to condemn Tyler's "sickening" and "hateful message".