Troye Sivan Slams Eminem's Use Of Homophobic Slur On Kamikaze
"Some words are not meant for everyone."
While attending the Variety + Women in Film Emmy nominee party over the weekend, Troye Sivan spoke out against Eminem using a homophobic slur against Tyler, The Creator on his latest album, Kamikaze.
“I don’t think there’s ever really a reason,” the Bloom singer said. “I just feel like some words are not meant for everyone, or for anyone. It’s not that hard to respect that, so I just hope that people do.”
Still, Troye remained hopeful that Eminem -- and people in general -- could learn from their mistakes, even after a long history of using homophobic language.
“I would like to believe that people can grow and change,” he said. “I think that repeated behaviour is something that should be taken really seriously… I would love to believe that if the person showed enough genuine remorse and understanding of how they’ve hurt people and actively made strides to correct that -- I would like to believe I can be fine with that person.”
Eminem has been facing backlash for a lyric about rapper Tyler, The Creator on his Kamikaze track "The Fall", where he raps: “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f****t, bitch”.
In an interview about the Kamikaze project, Eminem said that he regretted his use of the slur on the track, telling Sway Calloway: “I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like, ‘This might be too far.'”
He continued: “Because in my quest to hurt him, I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it.”
Of course, it's not the first time Eminem has faced backlash for using gay slurs. In fact, it's one of the most consistent elements of his career, which began in 1999.
When has was called out for exactly this on his 2013 song "Rap God", he told Rolling Stone that he "never really equated those words" with the LGBTQ+ identity, saying: "[It's] more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole" to him.
"The real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all," he said. "I’m glad we live in a time where it’s really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves."
Watch the clip of the interview with Eminem above.
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