The Efficacy of Protesting Odd Future

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Alyssa is unconvinced:


Right now, Odd Future's core brand is in being shocking, and so any opportunity for them to behave more shockingly, particularly by showing that they're impervious to calls for decency by, for example, by telling two lesbians that "If Tegan and Sara need some hard dick, hit me up!" is an opportunity for them to reinforce the thing that's been their most effective way of getting attention. And calling out people for listening to and supporting Odd Future might make some people embarrassed, but I think it's more likely to reinforce the idea that liking Odd Future makes you edgy and transgressive, someone who can rise above moral and political objections to appreciate art, even when the artist is throwing temper tantrums at you. 

There's something to be said for standing up and saying that something is wrong, but I'm not sure that protesters are going to walk away from this with anything other than a sense that they've done the right thing. I just can't work out the calculation in my head, the value of telling the truth versus that truth being swept away and dwarfed by the ridiculousness of whatever the response to it is.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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