Odd Future Kicked Off Show In New Zeland Over Homophobic Lyrics
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.