This afternoon you posted the trailer for the upcoming It Gets Better special. Good work! The show looks really powerful and I'm sure it will only further all the truly amazing work the It Gets Better project has done since its 2010 inception.
But with this new It Gets Better show, I think it's necessary that you take your anti-bullying stance a step further. It's time to closely examine the artists you promote and reward. It's time to stop sending mixed messages.
Last summer Tyler the Creator won "Best New Artist" at the Video Music Awards. He's charismatic, sure, and a talented rapper. But he's also constantly using gay slurs. In the track "Yonkers," he says: "I'll crash that fucking airplane that that faggot nigga B.o.B is in/and stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn esophagus." In "Goblin," he says: "But they do not have the mindset, that is same as him/I'm not weird, you're just a faggot, shame on him."
How can we ask and expect this generation of teenagers to stop using gay slurs and stop bullying their gay peers when you're rewarding a man who uses the word “faggot” as a derogatory term over and over and over again? He's standing there on stage, being applauded, being celebrated for songs that feature the same hateful words that are being used to bully kids to death.
In his defense, Tyler the Creator says he's not homophobic. Good for him. But he does admit that he uses the words "faggot" and "gay" as a way to hurt people:
I just think 'faggot' hits and hurts people. It hits. And 'gay' just means you’re stupid. I don't know, we don’t think about it, we're just kids. We don’t think about that shit. But I don't hate gay people. I don't want anyone to think I’m homophobic.
He says it right there—it hits. It hurts. And because he's a kid, according to him, he shouldn't have to take responsibility for that. That's absolute bullshit. MTV, if you really want to make an impact with your support of the It Gets Better Project and the anti-bullying movement in America, it's also time to stop giving awards to those people who look to hurt others. Otherwise, despite your sincere efforts, you're going to remain part of the problem.