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Nick Cannon’s bid for relevance by spewing homophobic garbage at Eminem is totally backfiring

Nick Cannon and Eminem made headlines this week when they reignited their on-again-off-again, decade-old “feud” over the Queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey.

Just to recap: On Monday, Cannon dropped a diss track in which he took a homophobic swing at Eminem, implying the rapper had a gay sex tape.

“I heard your chauffeur got a video of you suckin’ a c*ck/You paid him off then laid him off/Now who really the opps,” Cannon alleged.

He followed that up with a tweet implying Eminem’s lawyers were trying to stop the tape from being released.

This set off a whole Twitter exchange between the two, chocked full of toxic masculinity and racially charged remarks, including Eminem calling Cannon “bougie as f*ck” and Cannon calling Eminem an “Aryan Savior” who sleeps with his male employees.

But it appears the two rappers’ obvious bid for a little end-of-the-year publicity may be backfiring, because many people just aren’t having it.

In an op-ed titled We’re All Losers In Eminem And Nick Cannon’s Embarrassing Feud and published by Forbes, Bryan Rolli writes:

Do we really need another diss track laced with misogyny and homophobia aimed at a celebrity whose rap career is virtually nonexistent? Eminem is 47; Cannon is 39; both men have better things to do than trade schoolyard taunts over a woman with whom neither is involved and doesn’t deserve to be dragged down into their gross antics. (She’s too busy making a bid for No. 1 with “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”) There’s no winner in this embarrassing feud between Cannon and Eminem, but we’re all losers for having witnessed it.

Imagine that! Evidently, homophobia doesn’t fly like it used to 10 years ago, when the “feud” between the two began. Here’s hoping both men take note of that.

Related: Does homophobic rapper Eminem have a gay sex tape?