Eminem is back with a new album ‘MMLP2‘ so he’s doing a lot of interview and promotional appearances these days which is great ’cause we don’t enough of Slim Shady.
The “Berzerk” star is on the cover of Rolling Stone‘s November issue and the magazine has released an excerpt from the upcoming cover story. Interestingly enough, the excerpt covers the rappers highly-criticized use of gay slurs in the “Rap God” lyrics.
Although he has stated before that he is not homophobic, and he is a supporter of gay marriage, Eminem continues to use gay slurs in his lyrics which is why the interviewer asked him to open up on this sensitive topic.
Here’s what Shady had to say:
On using “gay-looking” as an insult in his song: ‘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’? ‘Yeah. 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.’
On rapping as Slim Shady and doing it as to annoy people: ‘Well, look, I’ve been doing this shit 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.’
Are you upset by Eminem’s use of gay slurs? Should he stop it?