Deadmau5 Slams Voguing, Calls Ball Culture Racist

First time at the balls?

Toronto DJ Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, lashed out at the vogue ball scene in a recent tweet.

“Here’s another thing I’ll never fully understand—competitive vogue-ing,” the Grammy-nominated producer opined.

When someone tried to explain that the vogue scene is accepting, full of energy and allows participants “to live their fantasy,” Zimmerman responded, “Except white people like me.”


“That’s about all I’ve learned from your amazing community via Twitter,” he added. “I’m over it.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10:  Tattoo artist Kat Von D (L) and DJ Deadmau5 arrive at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Deadmau5 is one of the top performers in the electronic dance music scene, though some have criticized EDM as bastardizing gay-influenced house music and disco to make it palatable to a more mainstream, white, heterosexual crowd.

Some users attempted to explain the scene’s role in the larger LGBT community, but Zimmerman seemed intent on trolling his own Twitter thread.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30:  (L-R) Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, and JAY Z onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation
Editor in Chief of NewNowNext. Comic book enthusiast. Bounder and cad.