Tyler Joseph received mixed reactions on social media after tweeting “Black Lives Matter,” months after the Twenty One Pilots rocker was criticized for not using his platform to promote social justice.
Joseph’s most recent post, which was shared early Wednesday, drew criticism from some users who said the message was “too late.”
“All the nonblack people accepting this ‘apology’ imma need yall to step back. I also don’t wanna hear no ‘well I’m black and idc about it or I have a black friend’ doesn’t mean others don’t find this s–t to be any less rude or offensive when it took 8 months for him to say this,” one user tweeted.
“Hes too late because he dismissed the f–k out of the same issue a couple months ago. its too late for him to save face and act like he actually cares,” one wrote.
In September, Joseph posted an image wearing platform shoes to Twitter with the comment, “You guys keep asking me to use my platforms. Feels good to dust these bad boys off.”
The 32-year-old musician was called out by fans, many of who found the message “tone-deaf” and “insensitive.” Joseph later issued an apology.
“My tweet wasn’t suppose to be about human rights. So in case you are wondering where I stand: Black lives Matter,” Joseph wrote at the time.
“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,” he continued, also providing a link to a donation and resources page for Black Lives Matter.
On Wednesday, other Twitter users were more supportive of Joseph’s message, writing: “‘A bit late’ is very weird for yall to mention. black lives matter isnt a trend. its not something we should only speak about when the BLM protests were at a high and when racial injustice is brought to our attention. black lives must ALWAYS be treasured. yall weird.”
“Y’all cancelled him for ‘not using his platform’ and now when he does yall shame him for that too? If he would’ve said it earlier people would’ve said it was for clout. Black lives always matter,” another wrote.
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