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"Gen Z Is Trying To Cancel Eminem" TikTok

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"Gen Z Is Trying To Cancel Eminem" TikTok refers to a TikTok video posted by user @cassiesmith607 in which she hears Gen Z is trying to cancel Eminem, and responds by rapping about how great Eminem is, set to his song "Forgot About Dre." The video was widely derided as cringey example of Millennial culture by social media users.


On February 28th, 2021, TikTok user @Cassiesmith607 posted a video in which she raps in defense of Eminem after hearing Gen Z is "trying to cancel" him. The rap is a parody of Eminem's song "Forgot About Dre." The video is a response to a TikTok video criticizing Eminem for his violent lyrics, particularly "Love The Way You Lie."[1] @Cassiesmith607's gained over 5.4 million views in four days on the platform (shown below).



While the video was praised by some, such as the New York Post,[1] it was mocked by social media users as an example of cringeworthy Millennial culture. The video spread on Twitter when it was reposted by user @femcelgirlboss, who captioned it, "i am losing it to be quite frank," gaining over 6,000 retweets, 13,000 quote-tweets, and 60,000 likes (shown below).

The quote-tweets to @femcelgirlboss' post came primarily from people commenting on the awfulness of the video. Examples include a post by @userbfly,[2] who commented "the boomerization of Millenials," gaining over 300 retweets and 3,000 likes (shown below, left). User @antifuckboys[3] tweeted, "i just can’t imagine sitting there, writing these lyrics down, recording this video, watching it back, and still choosing to post this online. mind blowing" (shown below, right).

The video was also mocked on TikTok, as people duetted with it making fun of it. Examples include a TikTok by @ashleyrutl that gained over 65,000 likes (shown below, left) and a video by @carterhambley that gained over 1,300 likes (shown below, right).


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Perhaps Gen Z trying to cancel shit is because they're desperate to find something to fight against, a wrong to correct, and these small cultural victories give them a tiny glimmer of meaning in an increasingly nihilistic society?


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