By now, I’m sure you’ve probably seen folks taking part in the Dolly Parton challenge where you post four photos of yourself. The idea is to include one appropriate for four social apps: Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder.
Dolly began the craze by posting her own on Facebook with the caption, “Get you a woman who can do it all!”
For the business networking site LinkedIn, Dolly went with a buttoned-up school teacher pic. For family-friendly Facebook, it’s ‘Christmas sweater’ Dolly. For style-driven Instagram, country Dolly posing in bell-bottom jeans with a guitar in hand. And for the dating app Tinder, Dolly featured her Playboy bunny pic.
So, Grammy Award-winning rapper Eminem just posted his version on social media asking, “Did I do this right?”
The 47-year-old used a tasteful ‘shirt & tie’ pic for the Linkedin pic, for Facebook he featured a brooding, bearded serious photo, and the Instagram image shows him dressed as Santa ‘getting busy’ behind a wooden reindeer.
For the final photo, he posed naked with a stick of dynamite covering his crotch, but instead of ‘Tinder’, he used the name of the gay dating app, Grindr.
Now, you have to wonder: is he playing at something here? Did he get it wrong? Did he think ‘playing gay’ would be more humorous?
Being provocative is old hat for Eminem.
His latest album, Music to Be Murdered By, definitely leans on some shock value.
In one track (“Darkness”), he raps from the perspective of the Las Vegas gunman who committed the largest mass shooting in the U.S. in 2017. And on “Unaccommodating,” he tosses off a line about the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in 2017.
The rapper famously used homophobic lyrics earlier in his career. But in 2001 he dueted with Elton John on the Grammy Awards, and in 2013 he tried to explain he didn’t mean to use some slurs in an anti-gay way (whatever that means).
Folks on Twitter had some questions about Em’s Grindr joke:
Sir…what are you doing on Grindr? https://t.co/TevD5L977C
— Anna Wigtour (@ToBeyOrNoToBey) January 24, 2020
aren't u like very homophobic
— ben mothman (@techdeckobama) January 24, 2020
using grindr & gay culture as a meme but use “f*ggot” in a derogatory way in every other song…. chile https://t.co/KoPDLR8XHJ
— ken 🅴 (@SkrtOnKen) January 24, 2020
And when someone tagged the Grindr Twitter account, the dating app came back shading Slim Shady with a simple “Who?:”
— Grindr (@Grindr) January 24, 2020
(image via Twitter/Eminem)