No joke zone: Twitter mob CANCELS Twenty One Pilots’ frontman Tyler Joseph for visual pun on ‘using platforms’ for social issues
Joseph had employed a little bit of creativity to take a swipe at fans that apparently urged him to spread some socially-important message across various social media platforms.
The 31-year-old musician uploaded a pair of photos of himself wearing extremely high platform trainers. “You guys keep asking me to use my platforms. Feels good to dust these bad boys off,” reads the caption to the sarcastic post published September 3.
you guys keep asking me to use my platforms.feels good to dust these bad boys off. pic.twitter.com/CFyMOIkKgC— tyler jøseph (@tylerrjoseph) September 2, 2020
Online vigilantes responded to the tweet shortly after, with the general mood being best represented by the following comment: “No that’s actually not what we mean. We would like you to speak up on the injustice in this country.”
no that’s actually not what we mean. we would like you to speak up on the injustice in this country— heath 💐 (@heathoween) September 2, 2020
Critics have bombarded him with accusations of being tasteless and insensitive to the challenges of humanity. “I didn’t think someone could be this horribly insensitive and so blinded by their own privilege,” one wrote.
Seriously cannot believe that this happened in the first place but it is still up, too. Dude. I’m not even fan and I’m like....idk I didn’t think someone could be this horribly insensitive and so blinded by their own privilege— YOU FALL. YOU DON’T RISE AGAIN. (@TELLMEIMANANGEL) September 2, 2020
The topic of privilege has also been used to take Joseph to task. A commenter labeled the musician “the white man refusing to use his platform to benefit people of color and basically laughing in their faces.”
or is it the white man refusing to use his platform to benefit people of color and basically laughing in their faces and saying they don’t matter because oh look at his cute platforms!— ★⁷₁₁₇ (@taesteacakes) September 2, 2020
Some moderates dared to speak in Joseph’s defense, pointing out that he wasn’t joking about the issues, “he is joking about the ‘fans’ that ask and put pressure on him to speak, and without respect.” These, however, turned out to be voices in the wilderness.Also on rt.com In dramatic U-turn after public anger, BBC says patriotic anthems WILL be sung at Proms but by ‘select singers’
Later in the day, Joseph went on air again, trying to explain himself in a series of tweets. Finally, he brought a formal apology, saying the ironic tweet “wasn’t supposed to be about human rights.”
“So in case you are wondering where I stand: Black Lives Matter,” he wrote.
my tweet wasn’t suppose to be about human rights. so in case you are wondering where i stand: Black Lives Matter.i just wanted to take a moment to raise awareness about something else that has meant a lot to me for a long time.but now I see there is no room for that right now.— tyler jøseph (@tylerrjoseph) September 3, 2020
Anti-racism sentiment has been mounting in the musical world for several months in a row on both sides of the Atlantic, garnering both support and critique. One of the notable examples of this was the BBC, which made a surprise decision to play traditional songs ‘Rule, Britannia!’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ without lyrics at its Proms concert, as these are associated with times of colonialism and slavery.Also on rt.com Elites who appease the baying mob’s apology addiction have stripped apology of all meaning
The conservative public expressed both shock and dismay at the decision, prompting the broadcaster to make a drastic change of mind, deciding to sing the anthems – but by a “select group” of performers.
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