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Tyler, the Creator Criticizes YouTube Awards, Defends Gay Slurs in Rap on ‘Arsenio’

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For his appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show last night (Nov. 7), Tyler, the Creator put his feet up on the couch and got comfortable, giving his thoughts on the YouTube Awards, the other F-word and his generation.

“We live in a society where a lot of people are followers and can’t make their said opinions,” Tyler told the host. “Like I have a friend who’s going to college for stuff their parents want them to go for and they’re not even happy or anything, but they’re just trying to please them. In the long run, I mean, what’s going to be there? Your parents die and you’re just stuck there and like paying debt for something that you didn’t even want to learn in the first place so I just try and tell people to think for themselves and they’ll be way happier in the long run.”

Related: Watch Tyler, the Creator Poke Fun at Censorship Laws in Video for ‘Tamale’

These wise words earned him a round of applause, as did his reasoning for why he doesn’t drink, smoke or do Molly: “Some things aren’t for everyone.”

He also gave his opinion on rappers (*cough* Eminem *cough*) using the word faggot, saying it’s someone’s choice to find the word offensive.”That’s just a word, you can take the power out of that word,” Tyler said. “The way that I see things, you choose to be offended.”

Related: The Best & Worst of the 2013 YouTube Music Awards

This led to a discussion of the use of the “N-word” with Tyler saying that he doesn’t find it offensive either. When Arsenio asked what Tyler thought of Obama he responded, “I realize, he’s an n-word who figured it out.” Leading Arsenio to remark, “You won’t see [Bill] O’Reilly talk about that.”

The Odd Future leader also once again dug into the YouTube Awards, explaining that the site is a platform for new and upcoming artists, but their awards show highlighted the same Top 40 stars all the other shows honor.

“No offense to Katy [Perry], Justin [Bieber] or anybody who was nominated for anything,” Tyler said, explaining that the people who use YouTube are not stars. “Like it’s actually a group of people who don’t listen to the radio and are sick of seeing the same weak stuff every day, you know.”

We get you, Tyler, we get you.

(Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

(Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

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