Musician DeadMau5 Launches into Homophobic and Transphobic Tirade at Fans

Phaylen Fairchild
4 min readOct 9, 2018

The Grammy nominated music producer, composer and DJ who dons a trademark Mouse Helmet on stage spiraled out of control when a fan simply asked if he sweats under the costume.

As the tide of bigotry targeting the LGBT community becomes Americas “new normal,” even the most staunch fans of Deadmau5, whose real name is Joel Thomas Zimmerman, took him to task for his reckless remarks.

The best-selling performer and stage persona who draws crowds of thousands lashed out at a fan who innocuously asked if his neck became sweaty while performing in costume.

Deadmau5 responded by implying that if the fan were getting a $40,000 paycheck, he’d bet that he would “Suck a guy off. ZERO questions asked.”

Immediately, other fans wondered why he would draw such a comparison in a negative context, as if gay sex is something of an indignity or compromise to one’s better judgment.

As his comments began to draw ire from some of his 3.7 million followers, instead of clarifying his statement, he doubled down, this time taking a shot at transgender women. “Women don’t possess penises, you’ll find out when you’re older.” He sniped.

The message he sent was glaringly obvious; Gay sex is something you’d have to be baited into for financial benefit or otherwise set traditional, acceptable sexual standards aside. Turning both barrels on Transgender women after this was pointed out to him, he unexpected spat, “How many biological women have you sucked off? There, I fixed it.”

The fact that Deadmau5 has many fans who identify as LGBT seemed irrelevant to him. Instead of apologizing, he threatened to leave twitter due to the backlash that ensued.



Phaylen Fairchild

Actor, Filmmaker, LGBTQ+ & Women’s Rights Activist All work copyright