Shine bright like a diamond, Sia. Self-identified queer Australian singer and songwriter Sia has agreed to donate her share of the proceeds from her Eminem collaboration “Beautiful Pain” to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.
The songwriter of Rihanna’s smash “Diamonds” and the voice and pen behind “Titanium” (a song that inexplicably never became a gay anthem) went public with her dismay over Eminem’s homophobic slurs on his single “Rap God” (sample lyric: “I’ll still be able to break a motherfuckin’ table over the back of a couple of faggots and crack it in half.”) after a twitter conversation with HuffPo blogger and NYC-based DJ Keo Nozari.
“Rap God” appears with “Beautiful Pain” on the aging rapper’s new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is projected to open at #1 on the Billboard charts with upwards of 700,000 copies sold.
While it’s commendable that Sia is donating the money from the collaboration to a good cause, she depressingly walks a very familiar line when defending the violently homophobic lyrics and Eminem himself. As she tweeted to Nozari: “I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist. I would never work with someone I believed to be homophobic. I respect that he can be misinterpreted in the worst way by the ignorami, and that scares me, but I respect him as an artist and person.”
That makes one of us, Sia, but we do respect you for making the best out of a bad situation.