Gay Artists Speak Out Against Eminem’s Anti-Gay Lyrics
Eminem seems to trump his own vulgarity with each album, which is fine—except that he is always finding new ways to pump up his ego while degrading those who are different from him. To declare oneself a “Rap God” while repeatedly insulting others for their sexual orientation is his latest strategy for making a ton of money.
In the new single off his latest album titled The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem declares:
“I’ll still be able to break a motherfuckin‘ 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” (full lyrics here)
Openly gay artists have criticized Eminem for his use of the word “faggot” in particular, as reported by SolRay Records.
LastO, a rap artist who just released his debut album, said, “He’s a lil’ too old to be using gay and fag and shit as an insult; playground shit.”
Solomon, a pop artist who recently released his first single, says, “He’s using the word faggot to degrade another man. As if the worst thing a man can be is gay. What type of message does that embed into the minds of young kids, both gay and straight? It’s sad. Not so much for the gay community, as it is for a man in his forties who thinks it’s humorous to use the word faggot.”
Eminem’s lyrics exhibit his homophobia despite a duet with Elton John at the 2001 Grammy Awards and stating his support for marriage equality (or “the chance to be equally miserable” as he calls it), both of which gave hope to gay-rights advocates that he might become more aware and sensitive in his use of language.