Music producer Deadmau5 has apologised after he was slammed for using “homophobic and transphobic” slurs during a heated Twitter argument about his mouse helmet.
Responding to a quip about his neck getting sweaty while wearing the oversized gear, he shot back: “There’s a fan in it. let’s be honest here, there are far worse fates, and if im [sic] a betting man, i’ll bet you suck a guy off for 40 grand ZERO f**king questions asked. So don’t talk to me about mouse heads.”
The comment sparked challenge from a second user, who waded in: “Hey maybe don’t say homophobic shit like ‘I bet you suck a guy off’ as if that’s something to be ashamed of or ridiculed for? Not a good look for a high profile musical artist.”
When the user asked “How does this make your tweet any better[?],” Deadmau5 shot back: “it just illustrates the obvious f**king point here. women don’t posses penises. you’ll find out when you’re older.”
The comments quickly circulated online, with several calling on Zimmerman—hardly the first celebrity to have an ill-judged Twitter moment—to apologise
Deadmau5 responded: “fine. how many biological women have you sucked off? there i fixed it.”
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Writer Amanda Jette Knox wrote: “So disappointed to find out Deadmau5 is posting transphobic statements about what genitals define a woman. But not as disappointed as my kids are going to be.
“Last year, we took our trans daughter to his concert in Montreal for her birthday. She’s been a huge fan.”
Others lashed out at his comments, as the artist continued to double down.
Responding to criticism, he said: “Are you guys all part of the same online club or something? I feel like all this sjw crusading is all coming from the same tree fort in some backyard in Toledo. Help me out.”
“Sjw” stands for “social justice warrior,” a pejorative term for progressive activism popularised by online conservatives.
Deadmau5 continued to clash with critics, blocking people who challenged his comments and occasionally responding.
He claimed: “Someone took an angry comment i made, (as stupid as it was) and started making wildly stupid accusations that I was trans-phobic, I typically block those because I don’t care for that level of idiotic toxicity. We also support Trans Children, Inc.”
However after days of standing by the comments he has now issued an abrupt, semi-apology.
In a tweet, he wrote: “I wasn’t trying to make blatant transphobic statements, just got into a heated arguement [sic] with some dude online said something dumb and the internet took it way into somewhere unintended. I’ve since deleted the tweets, I’m not that kind of person. My apologies.”