Just when we thought the matter of the whole ‘FREE EARL’ thing was solved, done and dusted, one of his classmates from the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa has spoken out about Earl’s (Thebe Kogsitsile) recent interview with The New Yorker. He claims that newspaper has “lied” in the story and “if it says he’s there willingly they are wrong.”.
Recently Complex Magazine did an investigation into the whereabouts of the missing Odd Future member. They managed to track him down to a “therapeutic centre” in American Samoa. They also revealed that his mother had sent him there, and that was the spark for the whole FREE EARL campaign lead by the rest of the Odd Future.
Not long after that The New Yorker gave an exclusive interview with the teenage rapper, confirming his exact location to be at the Coral Reef Academy (Samoa not American Samoa). In the interview Thebe denies that his mother had sent him there against his will, and he felt uncomfortable with her receiving any blame. He also expressed that the FREE EARL campaign was not needed, and that he was perfectly fine with being over there.
“Time progresses and the ‘Free Earl’ chants get louder but now comes an indirect ‘Fuck Earl’s Mom’ and in the blink of an eye my worry changes from ‘Will there still be this hype when I get back’ to ‘Oh shit I just inspired a widespread movement of people who are dedicated to the downfall of my mom.’”
Now Complex Magazine have reported again that they have spoken to a close friend and classmate of Earl’s at the Academy, who claims that everything in the The New Yorker article was wrong.
Some Facebook posts from a classmate named Tyler Craven (no not Tyler the Creator) claims that Thebe still looks up to his “brother” Tyler the Creator and he “hates his life right now and his mom for sending him there,”. Earl gave those quotes to the New Yorker because “the program is making him say that stuff for now because the obese bitches running the place don’t like his explicit music.”
Whether or not Tyler Craven speaks the truth (it is hearsay after all), it certainly adds some more confusion to the whole FREE EARL saga.
You can read more about the Facebook discussion on Complex Magazine.