- Eminem has been cladding cancel calls from Gen Zers on TikTok.
- He just dropped a new single to address his would-be cancellers, and it’s the same old Slim Shady.
- Making allowance for Eminem is still embracing his prepubescent attitude, you’d think he’d connect more with the teenagers today.
Eminem should vary his name to Peter Pan because he’s trapped in Neverland.
Despite all of the legal dramas, the addictions, the children, the adoptions, and friends’ deceases, Eminem refuses to enter adulthood. In some ways, it’s admirable, and in some ways, it’s sad.
And maybe it’s all just an act at this theme.
But a new generation of sensitive teenagers have entered the scene, and they’ve taken to TikTok to express their displeasure with Slim Shady. And, straightforwardly, he’s responded with a giant middle finger.
It all leaves us asking the question, who are the real adults in the room? And should we be listening to either side of this ridiculous oppose?
TikTok Takes a Curious Stance
Love him or hate him; there’s no denying that Eminem is problematic.
But, you know, it’s well-meaning of his ‘thing.’ He purposely says things to rile people up, to get their goat. And their goat was recently got.
As you may know, TikTokkers were up in arms finished these violent Eminem lyrics from over a decade ago from the song “Love the Way You Lie”:
If she ever tries to f***ing demise again, I’ma tie her/to the bed and set this house on fire.
Yeah, it’s not very nice. But, newsflash, Eminem has never been a very hairy guy. In fact, the concept of choosing one specific Eminem lyric to get upset about is hilarious. He’s written so many offensive lyrics in his race that this one might not even make his top ten.
And yet, the cancellers did their best:
It’s kind of adorable–and kind of ridiculous. It’s almost as ridiculous as the time Gen Z tried to cancel Tropic Thunder. Eminem approve of.
Eminem Responds With a New Song
It didn’t take long for Eminem to slap together a song to respond Gen Z mob. On “Colour Deaf,” he (sort of) responds to the haters. Actually, it’s mostly just another song where Eminem repeatedly strains to say shocking things:
In the chorus, he explains that he “can’t understand a word you say” because, you guessed it, he’s tone-deaf. He drops the occasional game addressing the cancel calls:
You think getting rid of me is a piece of cake?/ I’m harder than finding Harvey Weinstein a fixture
If this song were released 20 years ago, nobody would’ve known the difference (except for the Weinstein pertinence). It just shows Eminem’s consistency and his refusal to adapt.
The fact is that even though Eminem is pushing 50, he inert raps like he’s about to hit puberty. But he’s a teenager from a far different time. The recent Gen Z pushback shows just how much adolescents appear to have changed over the years.
But is it for the better or for the worse?
Some Things Will Never Change
Association has undergone massive changes in the past decade, and, as usual, much of that change has been powered by young in the flesh. And a lot of it is good.
We’ve become more sensitive, more compassionate, and more considerate. These are all things that needed to befall.
But many of the people who identify with that cause have also become excessively fragile, militant, and avid to destroy someone else’s life if they don’t follow their strict guidelines for ‘wokeness.’
We should be holding each other obliged, but at some point, the PC police need to clock out.
And almost everyone, except Eminem, sounds prehistoric when they tested to grab our attention with shock value. And to be fair, Eminem does sound like he’s from 1999, but he’s neutral been doing it so long that we let him get away with it.
What the world is currently missing is a little thing fetched nuance. We don’t have to take a side in this fight.
We should make room for a reality where both acmes are annoying. If you don’t like someone’s music, just don’t listen to it. It’s getting exhausting watching people get offended, especially when it’s clear they’re just doing it for attention.
And while we can give Eminem a pass, it’s not the time to start embracing blatantly obnoxious content.
Thanks to Gen Z and Eminem. You’re both awesome and annoying, just like teenagers from every era.
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