Staff WriterFor anyone who has followed or even glimpsed Eminem’s music career, you know that his attitude has always been “I’ll say whatever I want, critics be damned.” He’s never been afraid of releasing music prevalent in profanity and controversial ideas. So his latest single,”Rap God” isn’t any different. From the highly anticipated The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the six-minute song has been met with a fair amount of criticism. There are two key verses sparking controversy for what some view as Eminem’s explicit homophobic feelings. One is: “Breaking a motherf**king table over the back of a couple f****ts and crack it in half.” In the second verse, he raps: “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.” The Huffington Post reports that The Week’s entertainment editor Scott Meslow is one who isn’t happy with the rapper’s latest endeavor. “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. 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," Meslow said in a scathing review, also labeling Eminem’s rhetoric as “ugly” wand “regressive”. English singer/songwriter Boy George also weighed in. Clearly unhappy with the connotations in Eminem’s verse, he tweeted “Roll on the day when the ‘F’ word is as offensive as the ‘N’ word”, according to Entertainment Wise. Fans then bombarded him with hate, to which he responded with: “My comment…was not a call to my followers to post further abuse! Really unhelpful! There was a time when Em was so hot we forgave him almost everything!” In a year when new artist Macklemore has openly denounced the bashing of homosexuality in hip-hop and even released “Same Love” in support of the gay marriage campaign, should Eminem be more sensitive to the current atmosphere? Or is he entitled to remain as vocal as he’s always been? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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