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Are We Just Going To Ignore Eminem's Homophobic Lyrics In New Song "Rap God"?

In a time when an outspoken pro-gay hip-hop artist receives accolades from critics and mainstream music publications alike, the ability by these same personalities and brands to so easily overlook overt anti-gay lyrics from an icon of the genre is nothing short of frustrating. 

The Week's Scott Meslow agrees:

"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."

The song is bad enough — but even more disheartening has been the way that so many websites have praised Eminem's rapping on "Rap God" while ignoring the song's problematic lyrics entirely. Time called the single "divine." Rolling Stone analyzed the song's influences without commenting on its content. MTV News took the time to collect Eminem's array of pop-cultural references without noting his homophobia.

Do you think Eminem will continue to be given a free pass for this song?

 

 

(h/t: Towleroad)

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I hate it when people claim that Eminem's lyrics are "damaging". Nobody is going to get emotionally or physically damaged by Eminem's lyrics. People may be offended by Eminem's but not actually Damaged. Not even queer people. People who claim that Eminem's lyrics are "Damaging" really needs a reality check. There are some people who really are Damaging to the Queer population. For an example Vladimir Putin who made laws against gay people. Eminem just tries to be controversial but he is not doing anything to hurt queer people. People like Putin is trying to hurt the queer population. In conclusion there is a big difference between Eminem who may say some offensive stuff and Putin who takes away the rights of Queer people. 

i just wanna apoligize to anyone who is offended by me using the fa word and the dy word. I was angry when i said those comments. im not homophobic. i just think that people get caught up on whats "offecive" these days in stead of more important issues.

Is there anybody on this website besides me who likes eminem?

boy george critisized eminem for his lryics. what a faggot boy george is.

why are so many gay people so sensitvie. elton john is gay dosent mind ems lryics and hes gay. so why cant gays just ignore it?

Because we're not all the same, Benjamin.  Being gay means we have a single thing in common:  We're romantically and sexually interested in the same sex.  It doesn't mean we share the same opinions about everything nor do we necessarily have anything else in common.  A lot of black people were happy OJ was exonerated; that doesn't mean all black people were "okay with it."  Personally, I think Eminem just sucks, both as an artist and a human being, and choose to ignore his existence.  Some share my feelings, others choose to be more adamant about their dislike.  Humans in general have a tendency to get uppity and even cruel about their dislikes.

Elton is badass for defending eminem.

you don't have to like eminems music but you should not judge him unless you personally know him.

let us all for god sack ignore eminems so called "homophobic" lryics. Eminem is not the only rapper using the words like faggot and gay. so not only is glaad hates and hipocrites but also racest and huge queer hetorophobic bullies. the only reason why em gets alot of controversy is because hes white. if you see a member of glaad do me a favor and ether beat em up or give them the middle finger.

why is everybody on this website exect for ethan Fernandez attacking eminem. those people attacking eminem and not only haters but faggot hypocrites.

Ems lyrics are not damaging. if your criticizing Eminem than you are both a hater and a hypocrite

I find it appaling in this day and age these kind of hateful lyrics are tolerated/celebrated. Would he mention the word "Nigger" in some of his raps and use that word in a derogatory way like he does with us gays? Enough is enough people like him need to be held accountable!!! These lyrics are damaging!!

that commett above was for you jorome.

YOU GUYS ARE TOO DAMN SENSITIVE. I DON'T EVEN KNOW ANYMORE. ALL SOMEONE HAS TO DO IS SAY THE WORD "FAGGOT" OR "GAY" AND YOU MAKE AN ENTIRE ARTICLE ABOUT IT. HE ISN'T HOMOPHOBIC. HE HAS STATED IN AN INTERVIEW BEFORE THAT THE WORD "FAGGOT" DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN "GAY PERSON" TO HIM. HE GREW UP AS A KID USING THAT WORD TO MEAN "COWARD" OR "SISSY". AND YES, THIS SONG IS #1 ON ITUNES, PEOPLE DO STILL BUY HIS "CRAP", INCLUDING ME: A 27-YEAR-OLD GAY-ASS MAN. Y'all are acting like 5-year-olds, I swear. Have you ever heard of creative freedom?

i think you are completly correct.

I completly agree what you say. Eminem is one of my all time favorite artist. I think the only reason why people are critisizing him is because he white. many black rappers including tyler the creator and ice cube has used words like faggot and they dont get as much controversy as eminem does.

Because using the word faggot is creative.

You act like in every single Eminem song he says the word "faggot". Please remove the blinders beside your eyes and broaden your horizon before judging him as an artist. Plus, he can say WHATEVER he wants in his music and should still have the freedom to say it. That's what I meant by creative freedom.

Your comment is very Ignorant.

Do you even know what the word "ignorant" means? He has been saying this type of stuff for years and people like you still judge and expect him to change. Nothing has evm happened! I'm sure if he influences homophobic thoughts as much as people say, MANY more people would be homophobic. He has a HUGE following. You would rather believe an article calling him homophobic than he himself saying he isn't. How sad.

i completly agree with you. you seem both smart and cool.

Eminem. Still an evil Nazi after all these years. He's done enough evil for one lifetime. Kill him, God.

oh yeah and that fact the fact that you would suggest killing him is very evil. so not are you only evil but youre a god danm hypocrite. mabay you can respect people for once in your lifetime instead of acting like a faggot gay queer.

youre more of a nazi than eminem. what you said was very offesive. he has done no evil. i happen to be jewish and not once i repeat not once has em said something anti semetic. If he was a nazi he would talk about killing jews and he dosent. your just a big faggot.

Especially when he himself said regardless of the person's walk in life, as long as he's shown respect, he'll show respect

Currently showing LACK of respect

With "Spirit Day" coming in just 2 days this song is even more disturbing but what's new, he's an idiot and his 15 is already up and gone he can only rely now on his loyal fan base which has probably dwindled a little bit and that might be why the song hasn't created too much of a ruckus maybe not as big a deal as back in the day? here's to hoping he goes away soon.

i happen to be an eminem fan.

To paraphrase the old Bard "I think the Lady doth protest too much!"
 

its disgusting and hateful.  Eminem is terrible.  We need more artists like MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS or Lady Gaga that have messages of tolerance, love and acceptance of other around you and who you are in their songs. 

you just wish that Macklemore and lady gaga could be as talened as eminem. well guess what there not.

eminem is awesome. macklemore is ok. and lady gaga is white trash and a dyke.

Never liked him, never will........he is trailer trash

Does anyone still buy his crap anyway

i do

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