GOOD DAY MARK.
Tyler, The Creator has a notorious Twitter presence.
He shares his thoughts, from the most mundane to the most complex, with his 8.5 million followers on a daily basis. Whether he's holding a baby alligator in the Everglades:
https://t.co/IsZN0PhEEP— Tyler, The Creator (@Tyler, The Creator)1577124836.0
Or complaining about small talk:
man i hate small talk like bro i dont care about your regular ass kids doing regular ass shit and yes everything is… https://t.co/LGSn87LLFE— Tyler, The Creator (@Tyler, The Creator)1573044073.0
You can count on Tyler to keep it real online.
Last night, after he won the Grammy for Best Rap Album at the 2020 ceremony, Tyler took to Twitter for a new purpose: revenge. Quoting a tweet from 2011 in which an unknown Twitter user named Mark Anthony said that Tyler wouldn't ever get a Grammy, Tyler said:
I FAVORITED THIS 9 YEARS AGO JUST FOR THE MOMENT TO TELL YOU I GOT ONE. YES IM PETTY AS FUCK, GOOD DAY MARK. https://t.co/WfU85JeHEj— Tyler, The Creator (@Tyler, The Creator)1580108110.0
Fans reaction to this incredible feat of pettiness ranged from approval to laughter.
@tylerthecreator you are so weird man i like it— elena (@elena)1580108183.0
@tylerthecreator i’m glad you can admit you’re petty— angel (@angel)1580108232.0
@tylerthecreator You've made your Mother proud, you already won this world!! Then these insects don't matter— ᴍᴏᴏɴ⁷⟭⟬ᴾʳᵒᵈ ˢᵘᵍᵃ (@ᴍᴏᴏɴ⁷⟭⟬ᴾʳᵒᵈ ˢᵘᵍᵃ)1580112118.0
But however you feel about the Tweet, one thing is sure: Tyler got the last laugh.
In the opening pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Earth is destroyed. Now if that doesn't scream 2020 so far, what does?
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
If you're a white person, you're sitting on top of about four centuries of institutionalized racism. In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police and countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, it's time to show up—with your body, with your voice, and with your brain.