Eminem has admitted that he went “too far” after facing widespread criticism for calling Tyler, The Creator a “faggot”. The slur was used on the track ‘Fall’ from his new album ‘Kamikaze’.
Sivan, who came out as gay in 2013, responded to Eminem’s language, telling Variety: “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.”
The Australian pop star continued: “I would like to believe that people can grow and change, I think that repeated behavior is something that should be taken really seriously.”
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“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 is no stranger to causing offence with homophobic lyrics. Back in 2013, he had to defend the use of the word “faggot” on ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’.
At the time, the rapper defended his use of anti-gay slurs, explaining: “Not saying it’s wrong or it’s right, but at this point in my career – man, I say so much shit that’s tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all.”
Eminem has been capturing headlines since the release of ‘Kamikaze’, with his highly-publicised feud with Machine Gun Kelly, surprising the Beastie Boys with a cover inspired heavily by ‘License to Ill’, and suggesting that Diddy is responsible for Tupac’s death.
Meanwhile, Sivan released his second album ‘Bloom’ in August. In a five-star review, NME said it was “a deliriously upbeat statement that washes over you like a dopamine rush”.