Canceling a celebrity is a pretty simple operation in today’s digital age. Instant access to celebrity news and updates is one of the key causes of this. People can express their opinions about a celebrity’s deeds and words on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, frequently in real time. People can immediately create an opinion and either support or dislike a celebrity due to this immediacy.
Axl Rose, the lead singer, and Slash, the lead guitarist, started the hard rock group Guns N’ Roses in Los Angeles, California, in 1985. With their six studio albums and hits like “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” “Paradise City,” and “November Rain,” the band has found popularity all around the world. One of the most influential rock bands in history, Guns N’ Roses has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Guns N’ Roses are renowned for their exuberant live performances, which have earned them legendary status in the music business.
The controversial song “One in a Million” by Guns N’ Roses has drawn criticism for its homophobic and racial lyrics. The song’s extremely obscene language outraged social justice organizations and civil rights organizations when it was published in 1988 on the band’s second studio album, “G N’ R Lies.”
Slash recalled their controversial song and said that they could have been canceled if it were to happen today in this digital age. Slash talked about the song with Yahoo recently. Recalling it, he said, “I actually haven’t thought about it in that context, I mean, I really, to be honest, I haven’t really thought about all that that much recently but now [that] you mention it. Most of everything that we did, whatever [the] problem was, canceled on this day and age.”
He also added, “We would not have fared well in this environment for sure. I mean, on so many different levels, right? But that’s just, you know, I mean, a lot of things from back then would not build what we’ve considered acceptable at this moment in time.”
“When I used the word faggots, I wasn’t coming down on gays. I was coming down on an element of gays. I had just heard a story about a man who was released out of the L.A. county jail with AIDS and he was hooking. I’ve had my share of dealings with aggressive gays, and I was bothered by it.”
The song “One in a Million” is still quite problematic today, with some people standing up for the band’s freedom of expression while others continue to criticize the lyrics. It serves as a reminder of how crucial it is to comprehend the power of language and the possibilities for polite, proper expression.