It’s always good to hear people taking a stand for the underdog. Support from unexpected quarters is always surprising and helpful. In the creative world I think there is a responsibility to be very aware of the impact that your words can have.
Eminem has been criticised in the past for his use of homophobic language and he tried to remedy that reputation when he performed with Elton John several years ago but I’m not sure the message has sunk in. On one of his new tracks, a diss track at another rapper, Tyler the Creator, he uses the term f*ggot, and it’s most certainly not used in a complimentary way.
This is where the unexpected support comes in. Dan Reynolds is lead singer for Imagine Dragons and he is not happy with Eminem and he tweeted “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. 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.”
Firstly I knew nothing of Dan Reynolds but the images that were used with the article that I saw show him waving a pride flag and wearing a “LoveLoud” T-Shirt. Awesome stuff. It also struck me just how sexy Dan is. That never goes astray.