Odd Future’s Syd The Kid Talks ‘The Internet’ and Her Sexuality


Vibe | January 13, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Odd Future members Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians landed the latest cover of LA Weekly. As a subgroup from the crew, known as The Internet, the two have just released their debut album Purple Naked Ladies. Their cover story details Syd the Kyd’s role in OF, The Internet, and her sexuality. She also discusses being an outsider of the much-talked collective, her dislike of the word “lesbian,” shock value, homosexuality in the media and more. — Eric Diep

On the word “lesbian:”

“I hate the word ‘lesbian.’ Or ‘pussy.’ Or even like, ‘thespian.’ They’re just awkward words! If you know me you might hear me say the word ‘gay,’ or something. I’d much rather say gay than lesbian. Not only that, but I don’t know if I’d kick it with a group of lesbians anyway.”

On getting asked if she is straight or gay:

Syd: “I put myself out there because I’m sick of people asking. I’ve been asked it so many times. It’s annoying, it’s like, you can’t answer that yourself? And awkward because it’s not like they’re going up to the other guys in the group and asking if they’re straight. Now I don’t have to answer that question outright. Because I don’t want to. It’s not that I’m not proud of who I am.”

On Odd Future and their controversial music:

Martians: “Hodgy, Tyler and Earl didn’t plan to rap about those things to get a reaction from the media. They were doing it from the jump. So don’t crown us for being these ‘important’ guys, and then what you crown us for, you wanna clown us for. We didn’t ask for you to put us up here like this.”

Syd: “If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it.”

Martians: “Right. But a lot of people do because they feel like they have to listen to Odd Future. They feel like they need to have an opinion.”

Syd: “That, and a lot of people feel like they don’t have a cause to fight for. So when they can get on the internet and rant about something, they take their chance.”

Martians: “People like being offended. Let’s be real.”

On gay representation in the media:

Syd: “We didn’t make the video to make a statement about Odd Future and homophobia. It was to showcase a song by the Internet. But over the years I’ve come across so many dyke singers, dyke rappers, people with real heart and passion, and it’s a shame that not one of them has made it. And I get it, the world is just now starting to become open about homosexuality. I can’t really say I’ve contributed to that, and I’m grateful to the people who have set a path for me to be who I am today. And I guess in that sense I want to return the favor.”

Read the rest of the responses over at LA Weekly.