Tyler Joseph of the band Twenty One Pilots caused a stir on Wednesday after he tweeted out a joke about being inactive on social media.
Fans have apparently been asking the singer for weeks to start using his platform for good, including raising awareness about issues surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and voting rights, according to several users online.
Joseph broke his 3-month Twitter hiatus on September 2 to tweet a pun involving his “platform” shoes.
He uploaded two pictures of himself donning white platform boots with the caption: “you guys keep asking me to use my platforms. feels good to dust these bad boys off.”
Many were quick to criticize Joseph’s failed attempt at humor, condemning him for making light of genuine requests.
Several users expressed that they were disappointed Joseph didn’t take the opportunity to share more information and resources.
“Tyler Joseph” and “#TylerJosephIsOverParty” were trending on Twitter a few hours later with over 60,000 tweets.
Below are some of the responses:
The singer has since issued an apology on Twitter, accompanied by a link for BLM resources.
He also emphasized his stance on the movement, saying “Black Lives Matter.”
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Joseph Insinuated He’s Struggling With His Mental Health
Several hours after tweeting out the platform joke, Joseph posted a series of tweets relating to his mental health.
In one post, Joseph expressed that mental health should always be a “priority,” writing:
your own mental health should always be a priority.
i’m amazed at how easy it is to forget that simple fact.
it’s something that can sneak up on you, then eventually you check in on it and realize it’s in really bad shape.
He added that mental health is “more important today than it has ever been.”
Joseph also defended his platform joke, calling it “fantastic.”
The Twenty One Pilots Album ‘Trench’ Tackles Suicide & Mental Health
Twenty One Pilots released their fifth studio album Trench in 2018, according to The Atlantic.
The outlet reported that the album seeks to address issues of mental health, writing:
Nestled in the middle of it is a potentially controversial showstopper of a ballad, one that actively rejects some of the conventional wisdom on how to address suicide and other forms of early death.
The song “Neon Gravestone” “flirts” with topics surrounding suicide and borders “criticizing those who take their lives” and those who glorify it, the outlet said.
The singer’s sentiments in the song also relate to comments he has made about himself, The Atlantic said.
“Chillingly, Joseph’s remarks about society link up with statements about himself: In the swellingly emotional bridge, he asks for promises that ‘If I lose to myself / You won’t mourn a day and you’ll move on to someone else,’” the outlet stated.
It added that the singer is taking a stance against people “glorifying” suicide.