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Tyler, the Creator Preemptively Skewers Media Response to Charleston Church Shooting
As many mourn and ask for answers after the devastating Charleston, South Carolina church shooting on June 17, artists are taking to social media to continue the conversation of the racism and injustice behind the shooting.
Tyler, the Creator took to Twitter to skewer news outlets that may sympathetically portray the gunman -- Dylann Storm Roof -- who killed nine people at a South Carolina historic black church.
"HE WAS A GOOD KID; QUIET; EVERYONE IS SHOCKED; *shows younger photos with smiles* STRAIGHT A STUDENT; MENTAL HEALTH" IS THE USUAL PLAY," Tyler wrote.
"HE WAS A GOOD KID; QUIET; EVERYONE IS SHOCKED; *shows younger photos with smiles* STRAIGHT A STUDENT; MENTAL HEALTH" IS THE USUAL PLAY— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) June 18, 2015
The underlying message is that some won't incriminate the 21-year-old for his horrendous act of violence, deflecting blame by focusing on past successes and mental health.
Since Tyler's tweet, Dylann Roof was apprehended by authorities (for the record: the photo most outlets are using shows Roof scowling).