Eminem Is Still Using Gay Slur But It's Not What You Think
Eminem has a new album and he is still using some totally politically incorrect words on ‘The Marshall Mathers LP2’. Homophobic slurs are no stranger to the rapper, and he doesn’t care of what you think, he is still using words like ‘faggot’ in 2013! In an interview with Rolling Stone, the journalist asked him why he was still using this offensive word as well as ‘gay-looking’ as insults? And this is what Eminem had to answer:
‘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 homosexual].
‘It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. 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 shit that’s tongue-in-cheek. 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.’
Here we have it, Eminem is no homophobe, and faggot is just another of these words he uses! He just wants to be free, to feel free to say whatever he wants, and I said it, he doesn’t care if people are offended. Is he right? Can we use any word and don’t care about offending people? Could he use the N-word, say that word was just thrown around freely back then, and still declare ‘I don’t care if you are offended but I am not a racist’? I bet he could not get away with the N-word so easily.
On one hand, I don’t think he is homophobic, but the rap world truly is, so isn’t this a way to cater to his gay-hater fans and at the same time a way to appeal to tough young guys (rappers included) not too sure of their own sexuality but determined that hate is the right image to show? At the end it may look more like marketing than authentic free expression. But on the other hand, should women be still horrified every time one of these rappers use the term bitch? I have passed this stage a long time ago, i don’t even know if I have ever been offended by it! All these rappers and their scandalous words are getting so old anyway!