Twenty One Pilots’ Tyler Joseph has issued an apology after facing criticism for seemingly joking about fans asking him to use his platform to speak out about Black Lives Matter and other social justice issues. “you guys keep asking me to use my platforms. feels good to dust these bad boys off,” Joseph initially tweeted alongside photos of him wearing platform shoes.
Following a significant backlash on social media from those who perceived the joke to be insensitive, Joseph posted a series of tweets about mental health and suicide prevention. “mentally/emotionally, i can only carry so much, because what i do care about is so heavy, the thought of adding more on top of it makes me want to stop trying,” he wrote. “but we can never stop trying.”
“i respect all the warriors out there fighting for different causes,” he continued. “there is honor in it, purpose, and it can make our world better. 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.” He then clarified that “this isn’t a notes app moment” and said he was “doubling down” on his “fantastic” platform tweet.
Eventually, though, after sparking a conversation about whether or not artists actually have a responsibility to use their platform to address important issues, he did offer an apology. “my tweet wasn’t suppose to be about human rights,” Joseph said. “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 added. “im truly sorry if it hurt anyone.” He concluded by sharing a link to Black Lives Matter’s “Ways You Can Help” page.