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Syd Bennett of OFWGKTA

8 May
Syd Bennett of OFWGKTA

Syd Bennett of OFWGKTA

Everyone’s banging on about Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, (or Odd Future, if you’re pressed for time). And although there’s much merit to be found in their tracks’ production values – no samples in favour of a rickety chillwave sound – their lyrics make Eminem look like a choirboy. e.g.

“I’ll push this fucking pregnant clown into a hydrant stuck in the ground/ I step through the stomach, replace the baby with some fucking pounds”

“Those privilege fucks got to learn that we ain’t taking no shit/ Like Ellen Degeneres clitoris is playing with dick”

Frontman, Tyler, The Creator, has got a way of making me laugh on Twitter, though:

“These Old White People Next To Me Are So Scared. Now Its Awkward. I Said Hi, She Jumped

Prolly Cause I’m Ginger”

But I’d never follow the guy – as charming and insightful and intelligent as he is, his tweets and interviews are peppered with ‘faggot’ and ‘gay’ in their pejorative senses.

“Nto Having A Fuckign Working Phone Is Fucking Gay Fuck!”

And yeah, maybe it’s post-modern and post-ironic. Like, ‘I’m going to say fag and shit to highlight that people say fag and it’s not right but people still do it and I’ll still do it you fucking fag’. But that tired years ago with the third verse of D12’s ‘Shit On You’. And they had the defence of alter egos to validate their use of obscene lyrics. Homophobia comes on a sliding scale, and it’s not enough to say you don’t mean it when you say ‘fag’ or ‘gay’ to mean shit, because in that case, you’re intelligent enough to find better adjectives to use to express your disdain.

Paul Lester did an interview with Tyler for The Guardian‘s The Guide, showing the 20 year old’s duality; peppy yet angry, smart yet facetious. It answered a question that had been niggling away at me for the past couple of days, when I saw an MTV interview with the OF gang. Who is that little one in the red? And is she a lesbian?

It’s Syd Bennett, the engineer of OF and their get out clause for all accusations of misogyny and homophobia. Because she’s a lesbian. No, it doesn’t quite make sense. What do you think? Does her presence as a respected member of the collective undo all the misogyny in their lyrics?

Her hair’s pretty simple; afro hair shaved into a quiff with a couple of go faster stripes at the side, messily grown out.

Sinead O’Connor

30 Jan
Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor on the cover of Rolling Stone, October 1992.

Today, the erstwhile self-proclaimed ‘dyke’ told the Irish Mail on Sunday: “I am a manic depressive and maybe I have a suicidal idealisation where I think that dying is a better thing. But who has never thought that they would rather be anywhere than here?”

I don’t really know much about the mental illness she’s struggled with over the years (how could I?) but I can hazard a guess that growing up queer in Catholic Ireland must be pretty tough. This month marks 21 years since the release of Sinead’s chart-topping cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U, so just in case you came to this site via the Daily Mail‘s and have no idea of who she is or what she’s done, here’s the video for you.

More than a fashion choice, her hair was a political statement of rebellion against the traditional perceptions of female gender. Her politics got in the way of her music, as she was all but blacklisted from America following her 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live where she tore up a photo of the pope. She did it in protest against alleged child abuse within the Catholic church, which turned out to be not-so-alleged. Let’s hope she’s on the mend.