One of the weird things about cancellation campaigns is the habit of treating what’s very, very public like it’s a secret. Consider this line, from music journalist Will Lavin about the recent campaign against Eminem: “The new track comes after a TikTok campaign was launched earlier this week calling for Eminem to be canceled after his lyrics. 2010 single with Rihanna ‘Love the Way You Lie’ have resurfaced. “
Resurfaced? As if they had been hidden before?
“Love the Way You Lie” is a song famous enough to be familiar even to guys as far removed from the vital center of pop culture as yours. It’s Eminem’s best-selling single, went to No.1 on the charts, was nominated for a handful of Grammys, and is, still, a staple on the radio. Who, exactly, is learning this song for the first time?
Did you find out that Eminem had controversial lyrics? Well, Sunshine: there is a difference between New and new on you.