Eminem did it again. Gen Z TikTokers tried to cancel him, but it only made him more popular.
Some 10 years ago, Eminem and Rihanna sang Love The Way You Lie. At some point, the rapper's singing:
"I know I'm a liar, if she ever tries to f*cking leave again I'ma tie her to the bed and set this house on fire."
It triggered the TikTokers as he was glorifying domestic abuse.
From TikTok things soon turned to Twitter and Eminem went from being canceled to trending.
Blaming artists for your toxic behavior
One video shows a girl listening to the lyrics, while the caption reads:
"Yesssss let's cancel him."
The second shows someone else listening to the same line, with the caption:
"No wonder I'm toxic, I grew up listening to this song."
Talk about an overstatement!
Of course, leave it to the millennials to defend anything and anyone. They simply stated that the rapper's a lyricist.
Eminem was quiet. After all, he's still very popular, and he knows that his fans will defend him. But he did something to cancel those trying to cancel him.
Tone Deaf now has an animated video
With a song and the following video, Eminem's response was quite clear.
The lyrics say:
"I can't understand a word you say, I'm tone-deaf. I think this way I prefer stay, I'm tone deaf."
"I won't stop even when my hair turns grey, I'm tone-deaf. 'Cause they won't stop until they cancel me."
To summarize, Eminem's aware of the issue, but he doesn't care. Why should he? Should we cancel Shakespeare for promoting suicide in Romeo and Juliet?
No, Eminem's not Shakespeare, but he's an artist, and that's about it. Besides, Love The Way You Lie is a song about toxic love, abusive relationships.
Nevertheless, Eminem's clap back is the reason why we could never cancel him. He knows how to deal with both sides of fame.