Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? After coming under fire for the homophobic lyrics in his new song “Rap God” (sample lyric: “”Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy” and “You faggots think it’s all a game ’til I walk a flock of flames.”), Eminem is once again backtracking on the hatred he’s spewing.
In a just released interview with Rolling Stone, he’s called out on the lyrics, and his response is…deeply unsatisfying.
RS: You’ve made it clear again and again that you don’t actually have a problem with gay people. So why, in 2013, use “faggot” on that song? Why use “gay-looking” as an insult?
Eminem: 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?.?.?.
RS: To actually mean “homosexual”?
Eminem: 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.
RS: I kind of thought you were doing it because when you’re rapping as Slim Shady, part of your mission is to annoy people.
Eminem: 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.
Sorry, Eminem, but wouldn’t a rapper who is as “brilliant” as you’re purported to be find some other way to insult people, or better yet leave the insults out altogether? Are we supposed to believe that all those listening to songs that advocate antigay violence are savvy enough to see the alleged commentary at hand? For all those still interested in washed up rappers or who want to channel their inner 13 year old boy, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is out today.