Remember that time Eminem and Elton John eradicated homophobia by singing a duet together on stage at the 2001 Grammy Awards. Everyone was all like, “there’s no way that dude hates gays! He’s on stage with a gay right now and he hasn’t thrown up once!” Well fast forward 12 years and forget that moment ever happened. Eminem’s back to his gay-hating ways with his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Turns out that being in the presence of a gay person does not actually cure homophobia after all. Sorry Elton!
According to The Week, the music industry’s ignoring the fact that he uses the f-word in his lyrics and is instead just focusing on everything else. Which is shocking to me because this is the same industry that banned Chris Brown forever after he brutally beat up Rihanna. Oh wait, I’m getting my facts mixed up. They did not ban Chris Brown for his (repeated) violent behavior. They welcomed him back with open arms. And knowing that history, you can completely understand why they felt cool not condemning songs like “Rap God.” But please, for argument’s sake, look at The Week‘s breakdown of the lyrics.
“Rap God” is Eminem’s rapid-fire, six-minute anthem to himself, and it’s peppered with brazenly and violently homophobic rhetoric. In the first verse, Eminem boasts of his ability to “break a motherf—-r’s table over the back of a couple f-ggots and crack it in half.” In the second verse, Eminem goes off on a bizarre, homophobic rant: “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 / ‘Oy vey, that boy’s gay,’ that’s all they say looking-boy / You take a thumbs up, pat on the back, the way you go from your label every day-looking boy.”
I mean, this really isn’t that bad. If you hate gay people. If you’re not a fan of breaking tables over their backs and cracking them in half, then I can see where you might personally have a few problems with the song’s message. Then again, he is a super talented artist, so he kinda deserves a platform to say whatever he wants.