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Is Eminem’s New Video Sorta Funny, Or Sorta Homophobic?

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Sarah Palin. Jessica Simpson. Bret Michaels. Amy Winehouse. Is there any pop culture train wreck that Eminem isn’t going after in his new “I’M BACK BITCHES” video? (Yes, Lindsay Lohan, Sam Ronson, and Kim Kardashian are in there too.) For his single “We Made You,” Eminem returns to his roots: Attacking fame-hungry stars, which boosts his own celebrity. (Isn’t this Pink’s M.O. too?) Also on his target list: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, bringing his attention paid on famous lesbian couples to … two.

What, no Rosie bashing?

When it comes to Lohan and Ronson, who reportedly split just before Em dropped this video, he raps: “Lindsay, please come back to seein’ men: Samantha’s a two, you’re practically a ten.”

As for Ellen and Portia: “Sorry, Portia, what’s Ellen DeGeneres have that I don’t, are you telling me tenderness?”

“There’s some celebrity bashing in it,” Eminem tells MTV News. “I wanna say it’s not necessarily intentional bashing in it; it’s not necessarily taking deliberate shots at people. … Yes, it is. What the f— am I talking about?”

Overall, it’s pretty tame given Eminem’s history. A history that includes, of course, throwing around the word “fag” with abandon.

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38 Comments

  • dee

    not funny, but not homophobic either.

  • dgz

    what, no mention of the drag britney?

    i’m unoffended, but this song was played out before it hit the airwaves. everyone makes fun of celebs, now — M’s lost his freshness. time to evolve as an… er, artist(?)

  • sal

    hey eminem u really want to push some buttons??write a song about pro gay rights.just a thought

  • sal

    em time for “change”

  • Jeremy Feist

    I dunno. It’s not really homophobic, but it’s not funny either. I was expecting more after a four year hiatus. It’s alright I guess, but not great.

  • Pete

    Eminem’s “jokes” just come across as stale. It feels tired.

  • burton21

    The celebrity-skewering videos were funny in the 90’s when I was a teenager. I can’t tell if he’s stale or his schtick is.

    Probably both.

  • Brianna

    More macho bullshit. Has this guy evolved at all? Next.

  • sal

    Before the video’s premiere, Eminem said that he was using the song as a kind of Jedi mind trick. “Hot chicks who don’t want me, I’m telling them they do,” he explained. “It’s kind of like a reverse-psychology thing, and I’m gonna see if the record comes out and it works.” …i got that from an interview with him

  • BrianZ

    *yawn*

    Boring and tired.

  • D.B.

    I agree with most of the comments above — this video is just kind of boring.

  • Nickadoo

    He seems to be attempting to spoof his own ego (along with the other celebrities). That may’ve been an interesting conceit had he managed to stay in the public consciousness in his absence, but alas for him he hasn’t.

  • triskil

    The fact is that Em is not a fan of the gays, its not gonna change. He may try to maintain his image by hugging Elton John after releasing a song with obvious anti-gay rights lyrics but that’s only because his contract holders made him. If someone with a gay positive celebrity history said the same things it would be funny, coming from him it’s more of his hetero-centric perspective.

  • HaplessOrphan

    Agree with everyone else. Feels tired. I have trouble believing that this will even be a club hit, or a radio hit for that matter. The hook isn’t that catchy and the cultural sniping just seems devoid of any real “Oh snap!” moment.

    Tellingly, Dr. Dre doesn’t even speak in the video, just appearing (apparently) for continuity. Then again, does he draw much water anymore? He has that new line of headphones out but I feel the name just doesn’t have the same ring and weight it carried in the 90s and early 2000s.

  • Michael W.

    Eminem is kind of cute, though (aside from his style of dress and hair). I can’t bring myself to hate him like I do other homophobic rappers.

  • Aaron J.

    Of course you can’t, Michael.

  • Sarah

    He needs a reality check. Normally I would complain but the utter patheticness of this video speaks for itself. No need for me to rant.

  • Captain Freedom

    I don’t know about you guys but he sounds like a total bottom to me.

    I think he’s just frustrated because 50 Cent hasn’t returned his calls.

  • vernonvanderbilt

    Time to cue up some Pet Shop Boys again…they were funnier in a span of five minutes than Eminem’s been in his entire career.

    The song’s “The Night I Fell In Love” for those who have no idea what I’m talking about. Album’s Release. Do yourselves a favour and get it. Thank me later.

  • alan brickman

    The beats are off, but it is funny not homophobic….only fat nelly queens looking for homophobia in this tripe will find it offensive….it’s called free speech look it up….

  • CitizenGeek

    If anything, it’s kind of “post-homophobic”. Eminem treats Portia DiRossi’s marriage to Ellen as he’d treat the same situation with a straight couple (extremely attractive young woman married to an older guy). I kind of like the song, too. And the video is a little funny. Eminem makes for a hot, hot, hot lumber jack too!

  • ousslander

    Only good thing about the video was his body, who knew he turned into a gym queen. As for it being homophobic, no. What he said about Lindsay and Sam is true. Like his first single of the new new record, this sounds very dated.

  • afrolito

    @Michael W.:

    Of course you can’t hate him. He’s not a black rapper.

    As far as Em goes, the song is just allright after such a long break. At least he lost all of that weight though.

  • Jess

    He mentions in the beginning that he doesn’t mean to lesbian offend, he just has the opinion that Sam Ronson and Ellen are ugly. So I don’t think its homophobic.

  • Captain Freedom

    @Jess:

    Oh totally. I think he’s changed in his ways since the early 2000s. He knows he can no longer get away with saying “faggot” even if supposedly he doesn’t mean it. I’m not a fan but I don’t hate him so much like I used to.

    That said, I still think he is a total bottom.

    Oh, and 50 Cent just announced he is going to have a vibrator made of him to be sold in sex stores (no I’m not making this up). I guess for a total penis-head this would be the next best step.

  • Amanda

    I like it and if those dorks can’t take it get out of the buss. I have heard worse in magizies and in E! tv Get over it people

  • Shit

    This song is crap. I don’t understand why this guy continues to get national press for his music. He has no talent, just talks shit through his raps. What has he been doing the last five years? Living a life of private luxury like other celebrities. He’s no different then the people he disses in “We Made You” song!

  • Jay

    that was actually quite funny.

    he doesnt look so bad actually

  • A

    He’s a has-been.

  • Danielle Kretuk

    hmm i like the song and the video.,., em might not ever change but hes still awesome and witty.,.,
    So many people against him.,., nothings changed., do you think its going to phaze him? He’ll probably say fuck you and get on with his life.,.,
    Not many fans on this website is there? kinda pathetic how you have to throw judgements at this man.,., did you become a millionaire from rapping lyrics?>?> LOL., obviously not.,.,
    apparently the man knows what hes doing.

  • dustin

    he is still the best there is noone outs right noq comes close to him

  • Jen

    I don’t find it homophobic but just a dig at stars that are splattered all over the tabloids, and perhaps they have become a little ungracious about who put them there in the first place.

    And…maybe he is just saying what everyone is thinking, i.e. Portia isn’t with Ellen for ‘tenderness’, but for her wealth.

    The actual track is mediocre at best.

  • Zach009

    Let me first start off by saying I am Gay. I think Eminem is a tremendous rapper. This song is a WAKE UP CALL for all these celebrities that need the tabloids to stay relevant instead of practicing their craft.

    If you actually listen to his lyrics and don’t take them out of context then you shouldn’t be offended.

    How many of us gays call each other homo and fag. Since it is widely accepted when we do it to each other than we shouldn’t excpect others to not say what they are free to say.

    Stop creating a double standard.

  • Zach009

    @Shit:
    The difference between Eminem and the people he disses is He already knows your last point. He appreciates his fans. He knows who made him famous.

    Lighten up people. Dissing is comedy. It’s not to be taken so seriously. Think of it like a roast! You don’t get offended at the roasts you see do you? You don’t get offended by comedians do you?

    Watch dance comptetitions. They diss each other all the time throught dance. Don’t you and your friends diss each other? It’s all in good fun and yet at the same time there is truth to it.

    Apparently nobody likes when people tell the truth. People that get offended at every turn in life usually have been spoon fed sugar all thier life.

    Do you really think Eminem doesn’t make fun of himself? Do you think he takes himself that seriously? Eminem is a character he portrays on stage. You don’t get offended when you see a character in a movie do something you don’t like do you?

    If you answered the questions to yourself and the majority was yes and one no then you live a very pathetic life and are in desperate need of “pulling that stick outcha ass.” LOL

  • smaginn

    THIS IS A LIE GUYS. IN THE LYRICS, EM SAYS, LINDSAY, PLEASE COME BACK TO saman NOT SEEING MEN!!! SAMAN IS LIKE A NICKNAME FOR SAMANTHA!!!

  • $0.02

    Let this have been one of the black rappers and the comments would have been totally different. We would have seen a ni**er” or monkey or two… This man could spit in your mouths and all you all will do is smile and ask for more.

  • Realist

    Eminem is a homophobe. He is like Fred Phelps with rap skills. Ironically though, Eminem is only good for rapping. Without it he would be working at burger king or in jail or shot(his own words).

    Rap music was made by black people. Black people have no conscience. If you think rap is bad look at what music is made in Africa itself. They are dysfunctional and there is no other way around it.

    If some white, middle class educated guy(gay or straight) made a rap career out of putting down stupid trash like Em and all the other porch monkeys you know there would be hooting and screaming and death threats and crying. They are the lowest on the totem pole on this Earth and act like they’re the boss. Unbelievable.

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