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Eminem Says “No Offense,” But He Should Really Be Ashamed

Posted on: November 13, 2013

Eminem Rap God

Eminem’s most recent single is full of gay slurs used as “generic insults.”
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I used to like Eminem.  He used to seem kind of cool to me.  I gave him some cred for breaking stereotypes about what a rapper should look like.  He had a message that used to mean something to me.  It’s a shame he doesn’t get it when it comes to gay slurs.

In his new song “Rap God,” a title that doesn’t sound the least bit arrogant, by the way, Eminem uses multiple gay slurs.  Instead of owning up to it, though, Eminem told “Rolling Stone” in a recent interview that he doesn’t think the language is antigay but rather a generic insult.  He likens it to calling someone a punk, or a couple of other unprintable names.  As if being gay was somehow insulting.

In The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem sings “I’ll still be able to break a mother****n’ table / Over the back of a couple of faggots and crack it in half,” and “Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy / You witnessing massacre like you watching a church gathering taking place-looking boy.”

While Eminem claims he doesn’t have a problem with gay people, this doesn’t exactly make it look like he likes them either.  In an interview with Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt, he is asked “Why, in 2013, use ‘faggot’ on that song? Why use ‘gay-looking’ as an insult?”

In response, Eminem, or Marshall Bruce Mathers III, says, “When I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never really equated those words … ”

At this point the interviewer steps in and asks if he means to represent homosexuals.

Again, Eminem tells the interviewer that it’s just like calling somebody any number of other names all of which are derogatory.

According to Eminem, “I say so much sh** that’s tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all.”

Saying one thing and doing another tells a different story.  Words matter, as Eminem should very well know by now.  Perhaps he should consider using his powerful “battle-rapping” skills to do some good, like this rapper did.   Until Eminem stops using his words to do harm, shame on him.

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