Despite the rapper being around since before some Gen Z were even born (between 1997-2012), they’ve recently come to discover his lyrics in Rihanna collaboration Love The Way You Lie and, frankly, they want his head.
You know the one, the one where he raps about if his metaphorical partner in the song ever attempted to break up with him he’d set her on fire? Specifically: ‘If she ever tries to f**king leave again / I’mma tie her to the bed and set this house on fire.’
Yeah, that one. Now there seemed to be a war between the two gens (with Millennials, or Gen Y, born between 1980-1996) which came to a head after one TikTok user shared the offending line and wrote: ‘Yes, lets cancel him.’
The message was supported by many, with one who shared the clip and said: ‘No wonder I’m toxic I grew up listening to this song.’ Now, we say there is a war between the two, however not all Millennials are defending the controversial rapper, as one chimed in on Twitter:
‘Listen as a millennial who grew up listening (and enjoying) Eminem- I can safely say that he should have been canceled a long time ago. His music was full of violent misogyny and homophobia.’
Still, many Millennial supporters have come into bat for Slim Shady, though with the performer receiving a lot of support from his fans, or, stans, we should say (with the word itself coming from Em’s hit Stan) with one sharing a clip acting as both generations, insisting they listened to the rapper’s songs in school and turned out ‘fine’.
Sharing a clip to TikTok, @bmotheprince (as Gen Z) says Eminem’s lyrics are ‘terrible’ and that they wouldn’t be accepted if they were released now, as the older version slates his adversary as the ‘mumble rap generation’.
Another pointed out: ‘You can’t cancel someone for being offensive whose entire point was to be offensive…’ as others understood many of his lyrics were problematic but added the catalogue of Eminem’s songs that helped through difficult times, such as Mockingbird.