On Thursday (March 5) Eminem released a new animated video for the 2020 ‘Music To Be Murdered By – Side B’ track, featuring the lyric: “I won’t stop even when my hair turns grey (I’m tone-deaf)/ ‘Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me.”
The line was seen by fans as a retort to a TikTok campaign that appeared to have started in February but gained traction over the past week.
A TikTok user, who as Newsweek reports looks to have since been banned from the short-form video app, posted a clip last month that called for Em’s cancellation thanks to a violent lyric in his 2010 Rihanna collaboration ‘Love the Way You Lie’ (“If she ever tries to fucking leave again/ I’ma tie her/ To the bed and set this house on fire“).
Now, following Eminem’s clap back with the ‘Tone Deaf’ video, people have continued to debate the issue online. One Twitter user called the discourse the “biggest bullshit I’ve heard this year”, while another wrote: “Have always disliked [Eminem], he is such a narcissist. This I like, please cancel him. #canceleminem.”
— Thomas Marks (@tommarks80) March 7, 2021
The debate is ostensibly pitting Millennials against Gen Z, with the former group of older Eminem fans largely coming to the rapper’s defence and saying that the younger generation is decades late to being offended by an artist known for controversial statements.
After the original TikTok user called for Eminem’s cancellation, a number of comments circulated backing that same cause before Eminem’s “stans” came to fight back.
— K1ngCraft (@K1ngCraft) March 8, 2021
It now looks as if Eminem’s defenders are dominating the online space. “They’re also about 20 years too late to the #canceleminem trend lmao,” wrote one fan today (March 8), while another said: “Gen z even tho I’m part of y’all Bro @Eminem is one of the most influential rappers of all time why does cancel culture gotta try to cancel someone due to their past YALL weird.”
Gen z even tho I’m part of y’all Bro @Eminem is one of the most influential rappers of all time why does cancel culture gotta try to cancel someone due to their past YALL weird ‼️ #Eminem #genz #EminemIsOverParty #canceleminem #CancelCulture #rapper #hiphop pic.twitter.com/iQgH4KBvad
— The Dreamer ? (@supr3moshawn) March 7, 2021
Elsewhere, a Twitter user wrote that ‘Tone Deaf’ tells “the story of how one man butchered a whole generation #canceleminem #nocando #degenerationZ #CancelCulture #fckcancel #cancelZ” while another anti-Eminem user joked: “Dear, Gen z..There’s no need to #canceleminem he hasn’t been relevant in almost 2 decades.”
— Andrej (@savchills) March 7, 2021
Last week saw TikTok users sampling other’s videos. One user, ‘j_e_e_b’ filmed himself crying ironically to a clip posted by “Milennial” ‘cassiesmith607’ whom had rapped in Eminem’s defence over a snippet of his 2000 Dr Dre collaboration ‘Forgot About Dre’.
‘J_e_e_b’ captioned his clip “i hate millennials I hate millennials I hate #millennials you guys are actually so old”, further stoking the flames of the dispute.
See more reactions, videos and comments below:
Millennials getting mad at Gen Z for supposedly trying to cancel Eminem pic.twitter.com/EuANqGHaLz
— gröøvy (@allgroovybro) March 6, 2021
Okay, if they are gonna cancel Eminem’s music because of the DV, etc. shouldn’t they also cancel every other song that’s existed after him that promotes drugs, drinking, unprotected sex, etc.? This is why cancel culture is so stupid and toxic.
— Meg Pressley (@amethystsandart) March 8, 2021
The only reason to #canceleminem is because he hasn’t put anything good out since 2007.
— Andrew Cabaj (@AndrewCabaj) March 7, 2021
I usually don’t comment on this “Gen Z cancel culture” bullshit, but let me be VERY VERY CLEAR, you will NEVER cancel @Eminem . So please sit the hell down in your mom jeans with your middle parts and listen to your mumble rap quietly. #genz #Eminem #canceleminem pic.twitter.com/d2Q9R16GpW
— jess esteves (@jessanne__) March 7, 2021
I DARE Gen Z to try and cancel Eminem. I’ve got the popcorn ready. pic.twitter.com/JtxUDmsctT
— Jay² (@SkorpXL) March 1, 2021
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