Eminem defends homophobic lyrics in ‘Rap God’
Eminem has been no stranger to controversy throughout his lengthy career, and the rapper has made headlines once again ahead of the release of his album, ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2,’ for his homophobic lyrics.
Em has been copping flack for the lyrics in his single ‘Rap God,’ where he uses homophobic slurs to poke fun at rival rappers.
“Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy,” reads one of the lines in the track.
But after receiving the negative attention, the 41-year-old attempted to defend himself in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, in which he claims that he has “no issues” with gay, straight or transgender people.
“I don't know how to say this without saying it how I've said it a million times. But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin' or whatever, I never really equated those words...”
“To actually mean ‘homosexual’?” the Rolling Stone reporter interjected.
“Yeah. It was more like calling someone a b*tch or a punk or a**hole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. And, not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career—man, I say so much sh*t that's tongue-in-cheek.”
Slim Shady added that people should know his “personal stance on things” by now and there’s nothing he can do about it if they don’t.
“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. I'm glad we live in a time where it's really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don't know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke,” he explained.
“…I've been doing this sh*t for, what, 14 years now? And I think people know my personal stance on things and the personas that I create in my music. And if someone doesn't understand that by now, I don't think there's anything I can do to change their mind about it.”
Despite the recent uproar, Eminem is undeniably still one of the most successful rappers of our generation, and proved the fact yet again over the weekend by being crowned Artist of the Year at the ‘YouTube Music Awards’ – an award which is selected based on total number of video views, likes, shares, comments and subscribers.