Bisexual singer Sia, who has collaborated with controversial rapper Eminem, will donate proceeds from their song to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Centre.
It’s been speculated that the Australian singer’s contribution is in response to criticism of her working with Eminem, who’s used anti-gay slurs on his new album Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Sia, who sings on Eminem’s track Beautiful Pain, is best known for her vocals on the 2011 David Guetta hit Titanium.
While she has not spoken about the reasons behind her donation to the centre, Sia has defended Eminem.
“I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist. I would never work with someone I believed to be homophobic,” she said on Twitter.
“He has a character called slim shady who represents the worst and darkest bile of America. I see how it can be unclear.
“But I assure you he is not homophobic himself. He does certainly respect the gay community he is close to in his personal life.”
Sia’s donation will help to fund a shelter, a transitional living program, medical care, meals, clothing, counselling, job placement services and more, according to a release from the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.
In his new track Rap God, Eminem 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: “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.”