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Deadmau5 forced to apologise for disgusting Aids and autism slurs

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 11/10/2018 Laura Martin
a person wearing a costume: The DJ perfected the art of the non-apology apology for his comments © PA The DJ perfected the art of the non-apology apology for his comments

It looks like the DJ deadmau5 is - as the kids say - cancelled.

The cheesy EDM spinner horrified fans and just about everybody else in the world when he called a track by DJ Slushii “Aids f***ing music” and “autistic s**t”, and has since been forced to apologise.

Deadmau5 - real name Joel Zimmerman - made the comments during a video game stream, and lead Slushii to reveal that yes, he actually was autistic, and brand deadmau5 a heinous person for the slurs.

a man wearing a black hat and looking at the camera: DJ Deadmau5 © Credits: Getty DJ Deadmau5

Getty

Slushii took to Twitter and said: “As someone who’s actually on the autism spectrum, this is really disappointing.

“I’ve been bullied all my life. Seeing that video upsets me so much because I always looked up to @deadmau5 and I don’t take having a form of autism lightly. It’s sad as such an influential member of our community you continue to use your platform to bring others down.”

It was just three days ago that deadmau5 made Twitter comments that were seen as transphobic and homophobic, when a fan commented he must get hot DJing in a giant mouse’s head.

Kat Von D et al. posing for the camera © Credits: Rex/shutterstock

Rex/shutterstock

Deadmau5 responded: “Let’s be completely honest here, there are far worse fates and if I’m a betting man I’ll bet you suck a guy off for 40 grand ZERO questions asked.”

In a perfect example of the art of the non-apology apology, the DJ put out a statement earlier this morning.

“This has been a very difficult period and I sincerely apologise for my comments which were completely offensive and I take full responsibility for," he wrote.

“Now it’s time for me to deal with my own personal issues including finally addressing my own mental health challenges that I have wrestled with for the past several years.

© Credits: Tidal

Tidal

“My desire to start a record label was to uplift the community and give opportunities to the next generation and i have fallen very short of that goal.

“I’ve consulted with friends and loved ones and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in need of professional help to get on top of my issues and become a better me.

“Again I apologise to all of those I have offended and I will be going off the radar and taking the time necessary to work on myself.”

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