Because the real key to Odd Future’s success is that, for all their scary talk, they’re still just a bunch of teenagers who can’t even drink at the clubs in which they perform. Some of them are still in high school, and rumor has it that Earl Sweatshirt got in trouble with his mom for his foulmouthed exploits and was sent off to a military academy.
It’s this overarching sense of youthful whimsy, this idea that they don’t mean most of what they say, that keeps Odd Future in white fans’ good graces. Because history has shown that white critics have a very low tolerance for actual, tangible black rage.
Ike Turner, Mike Tyson, Chris Brown — all black men whose anger went from latent to gruesome, and whose reputations were shattered irrevocably in the process. Because the fetishization of black aggression has its limits. And while white people love to hear you say you’re going to beat and rape some women, God help you if you ever actually do it.