Dan Reynolds Calls Out Use Of Homophobic Slur After Eminem Drops Surprise Album

Sep 5, 2018, 9:57 AM
Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds performs during the LoveLoud music festival in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, KSL)
(Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, KSL)

Twitter was ablaze Aug. 31 when Eminem dropped his surprise album, “Kamikaze.”

That was also the day Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds took to the social media platform to call out people who use a homophobic slur, tweeting, “I don’t care who you are.”

Most connected the dots to the song “The Fall,” in which Eminem calls fellow rapper Tyler the Creator a slur typically used to describe a gay man.

Reynolds, a heterosexual man and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has made headlines lately for his push for LGBTQ+ inclusivity. He’s the force behind the LOVELOUD Fest, an event aimed at fostering support for LGBTQ+ young people. July’s event brought between 35,000 and 40,000 to the Rice-Eccles stadium.

Though he didn’t mention the song or Eminem by name, Reynolds began with a single tweet following Eminem’s album release and elaborated through a series of tweets over the following days:

Reynolds final tweet on the subject in Sept. 3 was followed by another where he recounted his experience playing a concert in Russia as hundreds of fans held up rainbow flags during his performance.

Eminem’s feed included only promotional tweets for his album.

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Dan Reynolds Calls Out Use Of Homophobic Slur After Eminem Drops Surprise Album