What makes Tyler dangerous is how he weaves the word into his aesthetic. His excuses just like DOOM and Eminem before him are just that: excuses. In interviews he’s defensive, (“I wasn’t using ‘fag’ to refer to gay people. If I call a piece of lettuce a faggot, am I homophobic? I might be anti-lettuce, but…”) and on Wolf he’s defensive (“Saying I hate gays even though Frank is on ten of my songs”). Tyler is so defensive that he reappropriates the word beyond colloquially coded “stupid” or “lame” into a signifier of his unassailable right to use the word — an imagined gauntlet he can hurl at his critics.