Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon says he “asked them to change” Eminem collaboration with homophobic slur

“Not a fan of the message, it’s tired,” Vernon wrote on Twitter.

August 31, 2018
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon says he “asked them to change” Eminem collaboration with homophobic slur Eminem performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. April 13, 2014.   Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for MTV

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is a featured artist on “Fall,” a song on Eminem's new album Kamikaze. The track contains lyrics by Eminem dissing Tyler, the Creator using homophobic language: “Tyler create nothin', I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch.” On Twitter, Vernon said he did not condone the song's "message." He also claimed he "was not in the studio" for the recording, and that he asked Eminem's team to remove the slur from the finished song. Read his tweet below via Pitchfork.

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Vernon also tweeted his "respect" for Eminem's artistic accomplishments. "Eminem is one of the best rappers of all time, there is no doubt," Vernon wrote. "Tho, this is not the time to criticize Youth, it's the time to listen. To act. It is certainly not the time for slurs."

On Friday, Vernon shared Big Red Machine, a new project with Aaron Dessner of The National.

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