Tyler, the Creator Talks YouTube Awards, the N-Word, and Obama on 'Arsenio'
Tyler, the Creator got very comfortable during his visit to “Arsenio” on Thursday. After talking selfies with fellow guests Quincy Jones and Jerry Springer, the Odd Future frontman laid down on the couch while speaking about everything from his use of the N-word to President Obama.
Although he was a performer at the YouTube Music Awards over the weekend, he was not afraid to criticize the show for promoting popular acts over new talent.
The 22-year-old also spoke about directing the music video for “Glowing,” but wouldn’t reveal who the artist was.
Plus, find out why Frank Ocean is cool with him saying the F-word and why kids shouldn’t always listen to their parents.
On why he doesn’t do drugs or drink: “Some things aren’t for everyone.”
On his philosophy: “I just try to tell people to think for themselves and they’ll be way happier in the long run.”
On the YouTube Music Awards: “You would think that they would use that platform to give creative people who’s not on the top Billboards…a chance to actually get recognition for being creative and innovative. Instead they did the same thing that the VMAs or the Billboard Awards did with the Katy Perrys and the Justin Biebers. … 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.”
On his use of the word faggot: “Frank’s gay and I use that word all the time. He doesn’t care ’cause he knows me. He knows when I say that word, I’m not thinking of someone’s sexual orientation or anything. It’s just another word that has no meaning.”
On the N-word: “Anybody could be that. I called the white dude in the back an N-word earlier. He got nervous.”
On Obama: “He’s an N-word that figured it out.”
On Saturday, Tyler and Frank Ocean will headline the second annual OFWGKTA Carnival at the L.A. Coliseum.