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Odd Future Kicked Off Show In New Zeland Over Homophobic Lyrics

November 6, 2011 · Posted in news · 10 Comments 

Los Angeles based rap collective Odd Future has been kicked off the New Zealand Big Day Out Festival. The Wolf Gang was banned after a local activist wrote a letter to festival organizers citing concerns over Odd Future’s homophobic lyrics. Activist Calum Bennachie wrote,

Lyrics such as those played by Odd Future increase the societal discourse against LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] people, a discourse that encourages bullying and violence. If it is acceptable to say something similar to “gays are a cancer on society that deserves to be eliminated, then what group would be next? By allowing Odd Future to play at BDO, you are proving that you have little concern for the lives and welfare of LGBT people, that you are willing to endanger their lives, and seek to encourage stigmatisation against them. I find this disappointing in an organisation that could do so much to enhance the self esteem of youth, reduce stigma, and discourage violence.

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10 Responses to “Odd Future Kicked Off Show In New Zeland Over Homophobic Lyrics”

  1. Ricky on November 6th, 2011 10:11 pm

    And I’m pretty sure Eminem wasn’t kicked off stage once during his entire career and MMLP was filled with homophobic content……… maybe Odd Future was also kicked off stage because they’re just flat out terrible


  2. Oh My God on November 6th, 2011 10:57 pm

    So what? These guys all suck.. Only one that is even decent is Earl. Too bad he is locked out in some island because his mom doesn’t like the lyrics he says… I salute that mom.


  3. FCOLE on November 7th, 2011 12:01 am

    Salute that mom too. They don’t got good message for kids or young people, talking about cocaine or killing gays… They got a responsibility on our society


  4. PhanaamAnonymous on November 7th, 2011 1:28 am

    wow syd the kyd is gay, so im pretty sure its just for the music, not their total lifestyles


  5. Jay on November 7th, 2011 1:44 am

    People are soft.. Dont like the music dont go or listen to it.. Simple as that


  6. Dfinity on November 7th, 2011 2:51 am

    music is therapy. listen to whatever you feel. i think some of their music is pretty tight, it’s not all about “killing gays and cocaine”.
    as for this, it was bound to happen.. ignorant people being “offended” by something they don’t have to listen to.


  7. Omg Lol on November 7th, 2011 3:30 am

    They are on the same level as Lil B, Soulja, Waka, Gucci, etc… Whoever listens to them is stupid. Ignorant people above me saying its music… Stupid ass people lmao. It’s a damn Fact that these guys don’t make music -.-‘


  8. Dave Shertone on November 7th, 2011 5:07 am

    I only have one thing to say, I’m glad I live in the United States and no place elsewhere… Bottom line: Freedom of Speech


  9. Jay on November 7th, 2011 5:10 am

    It’s not ignorant people getting offended they are worried about, it’s the effects on the listeners they want to avoid. Freedom of speech isn’t freedom of speech in U.S. literally if enough people felt that the lyrics endangered a group it’d be banned here, so that’s my 2 cents


  10. Bozo on November 7th, 2011 7:31 am

    I promise that most New Zealanders are quiet and don’t complain unless absolutely necessary. Clearly the guy that complained has only heard about OF and doesn’t like the idea of them, as true homophobes would never even consider having a lesbian in their group


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