Deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) has issued an apology after he was accused of making “homophobic” and “transphobic” comments during an online argument about his mouse helmet.
The comments began when a user made a jab about the Canadian DJ’s neck getting sweaty in the helmet.
“There’s a fan in it. let’s be honest here, there are far worse fates, and if im a betting man, i’ll bet you suck a guy off for 40 grand ZERO fucking questions asked. So don’t talk to me about mouse heads,” Zimmerman responded in a since-deleted tweet.
A user saw the exchanged and commented: “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.”
Zimmerman replies, “fine. How many biological women have you sucked off? there i fixed it.”
When the user questioned how that made his tweet any better Zimmerman responds, “it just illustrates the obvious fucking point here. women don’t posses penises. you’ll find out when you’re older.”
Zimmerman soon apologized for the comments and deleted the tweets.
“i wasnt trying to make blatant transphobic statements, just got into a heated arguement with some dude online said something dumb and the internet took it way into somewhere unintended. I’ve since deleted the tweets, im not that kind of person. my apologies,” Zimmerman wrote.
i wasnt trying to make blatant transphobic statements, just got into a heated arguement with some dude online said something dumb and the internet took it way into somewhere unintended. I’ve since deleted the tweets, im not that kind of person. my apologies. https://t.co/eUJtjgmYAY
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) October 8, 2018
Zimmerman was also called out for making insensitive remarks about autism. In a gaming video making the rounds online, Zimmerman is heard calling Slushii’s music “AIDS music” and “autistic”
Slushii posted the video on Twitter and revealed that he has been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum.
— SLUSHII (@SlushiiMusic) October 10, 2018
Zimmerman issued another apology explaining that he will be seeking professional help for “his own mental health challenges.”
“This has been a very difficult period and I sincerely apologize for my comments which were completely offensive and I take full responsibility,” Zimmerman writes. “My desire to start a label was to uplift my community and give opportunities to the next generation, and I have fallen very short of that goal.”
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) October 11, 2018