Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Calls Out Eminem's 'Hateful' Language: 'It's Never Okay'
In the wake of the surprise drop of Eminem's Kamikaze on Friday (Aug. 31) -- his new album featuring a track that hurls a homophobic slur at Tyler, the Creator -- many are justifiably outraged at the rapper's choice of words.
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons is one of them, and he's using Twitter to take a stand against the employment of such "hateful" language. Though he doesn't call out Eminem by name on the social media platform, he addresses the slur the rapper used, f----t, and makes it perfectly clear that he has no tolerance for any phrase that "contributes to hate and bigotry."
"it’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate," he writes. "I don’t care what year you were born in or what meaning it has to you. if it contributes to hate and bigotry then it is hateful. period. there is never an ok time to say the word f----t I don’t care who you are."
Reynolds drives the point home in a reply to his tweets, directly referring to "The Fall," the song in question: "I’m very familiar with all his music and the backstory with Tyler. This isn’t the first time it has been used by him and it never has been thoughtful. It’s gross and demeaning in its context."
Read Reynolds' thread in its entirety below.
it’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate. I don’t care what year you were born in or what meaning it has to you.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) August 31, 2018
if it contributes to hate and bigotry then it is hateful. period.
there is never an ok time to say the word fa**ot
I don’t care who you are.
it’s disgusting to be told this is being “overly sensitive” or “millennial”.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) September 2, 2018
LGBTQ kids are TAKING THEIR LIVES after being bullied with homophobic slurs.
it’s not “sensitive” to take a stand against a word that has been used to spread hate for years.
I’ve lived enough of my life remaining silent on these issues because of fear or lack of education.— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) September 2, 2018
I don’t live in fear anymore.
I still have lots to learn. but no. I will not be a silent voice with this platform I have been given.