Rapper Eminem has suggested he regrets directing a homophobic slur at fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator on his latest album Kamikaze.
Eminem surprise-released the album two weeks ago but the track “Fall” caused a backlash because he raps, “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch.” Tyler hinted that he identifies as queer on his latest album Flower Boy.
Now in an interview with Sway Calloway, Eminem appeared to express remorse about using the slur.
“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 said.
“Because in my quest to hurt him, I realise that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it… at the time I was so mad.
“It was one of the things that I kept going back to and going ‘I don’t feel right with this.'”
Eminem said that he hit out at Tyler and rapper Earl Sweatshirt after they had criticised him and his music in interviews and on social media.
“I was like, really? What the fuck? You guys were just on tour with us, we hung out, we kicked it, made jokes,” he said.
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds was among those who slammed Eminem for using the “hateful” language shortly after the album’s release.
“It’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate,” the LGBTIQ ally tweeted.
“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.”
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