Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds slammed Eminem over his homophobic lyrics off his latest album in a series of emotional tweets.
The "Stan" emcee released a surprise album called Kamikaze on Friday, much to his fan's delight. It became problematic for several members of the LGBTQ community and our supporters, however, when they found out he once again used a homophobic slur on the new record (he's done this before in his very long career).
One of the songs off the album is called "Fall" where Em refers to fellow rapper Tyler the Creator as a f****t. This has prompted a major backlash for the Grammy winner since the album's release, where several members of the entertainment industry like Dan and Bon Iver have spoken out about why saying that word is horrifically wrong.
Dan went off on social media about it in several different tweets on the same day Kamikaze was released.
"it’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate," he wrote. "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."
"it’s disgusting to be told this is being “overly sensitive” or “millennial”," he continued. "LGBTQ kids are TAKING THEIR LIVES after being bullied with homophobic slurs. it’s not “sensitive” to take a stand against a word that has been used to spread hate for years."
"I’ve lived enough of my life remaining silent on these issues because of fear or lack of education. I don’t live in fear anymore. I still have lots to learn. but no. I will not be a silent voice with this platform I have been given."
Dan has become one of the LGBTQ community's biggest advocates this past year, so it should come as no surprise that he has spoken up about Eminem's words.
He starred in a documentary called Believer, which shares the same name as his band's number one hit song. The film follows Dan, who was raised Mormon, on a new mission to explore how the church treats its LGBTQ members.
The movie centers on the rising suicide rate among teens in the state of Utah, where the Mormon religion is very prevalent. It showcases his concern with the Church's policies that sends him on an unexpected for acceptance and change.