TWENTY One Pilots singer Tyler Joseph was criticized on Twitter after the rock star tweeted, “Black Lives Matter.”
The singer has faced backlash in the past for not using his platform to speak out on the injustices in the US.
What had fans called for Tyler Joseph to do?
Tyler took to Twitter in March 2021, writing, “Black Lives Matter.”
Despite the tweet receiving tens of thousands of likes, fans called out the singer for not doing more.
“OK but why not tweet some resources? tweeting blm does absolutely nothing it just seems very performative. a person with a platform as big as this could retweet a few links to actually help Black people,” a Twitter user wrote in response to Joseph’s tweet.
In the past, fans had called on the musician to speak out to his more than 2.1million Twitter followers and 5.1million Instagram users following the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, as protesters demand an end to systemic racism and police brutality.
Demonstrations erupted on May 25, 2020 following the death of George Floyd.
Tyler had tweeted just once at that time – in support of Pride Month.
What did Tyler Joseph say on Twitter in the past?
In September, Tyler broke his months-long Twitter silence, by tweeting a picture of himself wearing white platform sneakers.
“you guys keep asking me to use my platforms. feels good to dust these bad boys off, Joseph tweeted.
After fans slammed the singer for his post, Tyler apologized.
He wrote on Twitter: “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.”
He also tweeted a link to a resources page for Black Lives Matter, writing, “I’m truly sorry if it hurt anyone. Here is a link with a lot of great info that I stand by.”
Later, he tweeted about mental health, and advocated that people use tools if they are struggling with theirs.
“your own mental health should always be a priority. i’m amazed at how easy it is to forget that simple fact,” Joseph tweeted.
He later shared a link for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and noted that suicide awareness prevention week begins on September 6th.
“i respect all the warriors out there fighting for different causes. there is honor in it, purpose, and it can make our world better,” Joseph added in another tweet.
“i just want to remind you what i’m fighting for: your mental health is more important today than it ever has been. you’re not alone.”
How did Twitter users respond to Tyler’s latest tweet?
Some Twitter users said the singer’s message was too late and pointed to his tweet that came under backlash September while others defended the singer.
“I’m so sorry for all the hate Tyler. You don’t deserve this. You’re doing your best, I’m proud of you. Keep going, we miss you a lot,” one tweet read.
Some other Twitter users criticized him.
“I’m not gonna praise you for saying this after mocking the movement a couple of months ago,” a tweet read.
Since the tweet, Tyler has not posed on the media site since.
You’re not alone
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