Corey Taylor has uhh *checks notes* likened Gen Z’s attempts to cancel Eminem to the Ku Klux Klan.
He revealed his thoughts on the subject with LA station KLOS where he got into a conversation with the host about the Eminem vs. Gen Z situation that’s currently unfolding.
For context, the rapper has been copping heat from Gen Z via Tik Tok, where a user posted a clip that features a snippet of Eminem and Rihanna’s 2010 collaboration ‘Love The Way You Lie’. The user has launched a bid to “cancel” Eminem because of his lyric “If she ever tries to fuckin’ leave again, I’ma tie her to the bed and set this house on fire” – which I mean is kind of etch when you think about it, but it is apparently rapped from the perspective of a domestic abuser.
Eminem responded to calls to cancel him with a lyric video for his song ‘Tone Deaf’, captioned with lyrics from the track: “I won’t stop even when my hair turns grey/ ‘Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me.”
So when the topic was brought up during Taylor and KLOS’ interview, he likened the situation to the Salem Witch Trials and the Ku Klux Klan.
“I was just reading about how Gen Z is trying to cancel Eminem because of one line that was in a Rihanna song that he did with her. And I’m just like, “Is that where we are right now?”” Taylor said.
“I mean, at this point, you’re talking about the Salem witch trials. You’re talking about America in the ’20s where the KKK was like a political force. You’re talking about complete condemnation without context or any rationalization for an action like that.
“To me, that’s the most dangerous — when the mob decides that you’re gone. I mean, that is Caesar at the Colosseum, for God’s sake. That’s when it’s dangerous.
“The level of censorship that we’re starting to see — and I’m not saying that certain things haven’t been said that easily offend people.
“However, the flip side of that is that you can’t even make a joke anymore, even in the cleanest of situations. I mean, they completely turn on you. And there’s not one hint of satire, no hint of irony — it’s just all outrage.”
He hinted at the possibility of cancel culture being the subject of his next book. “It’s starting to really kind of form in my head. I may actually write it soon. Because it’s really kind of out of control out there right now.”
Aside from frontmanning Slipknot and Stone Sour, the musician is also a New York Times bestselling author, with four books under his belt.
Listen to the interview below.
Hey @Eminem some child is trying to cancel you on tiktok…I say trying cause I know damn well no one can cancel a Rap God…please just end my generation. If it worth your time 😩 been a fan of yours since I was 5 and my brother would blast your music on the pic.twitter.com/qneTuhqaIc
— pao (@CryBabyKim98) February 26, 2021
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) March 5, 2021