American hip hop superstar Eminem is once again under fire for a new track from his upcoming album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in which he repeatedly uses anti-gay slurs.
In the first verse of Rap God, the performer raps that he can “break a motherfucker’s table over the back of a couple faggots and crack it in half”.
He goes on to rap in the second verse: “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.”
Eminem previously came under fire from LGBT activists for lyrics on his 2000 The Marshall Mathers LP album that included: “My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge/ That’ll stab you in the head, whether you’re a fag or lez/ Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest/Pants or dress? Hate fags? The answer’s yes.”
In an apparent attempt to show that he was not really homophobic he famously performed with Elton John at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
In the 2002 track Without Me, however, he continued to use the gay slur, rapping: “And Moby? You can get stomped by Obie / You thirty-six year old baldheaded fag, blow me”.
Eminem has previously claimed that he doesn’t necessarily link the word “fag” to homosexuality. “That word was thrown around so much, you know? Faggot was, like, it was thrown around constantly, to each other, like in battling, you know what I mean?” he told Anderson Cooper in 2010.
That same year he told The New York Times that he was not opposed to same-sex marriage: “I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want”.
“Is this the new, 37-year-old tolerant you?” asked journalist Deborah Solomon, to which Eminem replied: “It’s the new tolerant me!”
The Week’s Scott Meslow slammed the media for not calling out the “incredibly homophobic” Eminem for using anti-gay terms in his latest music and urged fans not to buy or download his new album or tracks.
“Since the height of Eminem’s popularity, hip-hop’s biggest names have made major strides to tear down the once-entrenched homophobia of the genre,” he argued.
“With The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem had a similar opportunity to demonstrate growth as both an artist and a human being — and once again, he failed to take it. Instead, he’s turned his considerable talents as an artist to the same regressive, lazy garbage he was spewing in 2000,” said Meslow.