Eminem Responds to Anti-Gay Criticism
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, iconic rapper Eminem talks about the use of anti-gay slurs in his lyrics and responds to claims that he’s homophobic.
The rapper has been surrounded by controversy since his debut record in 1996, but as he’s gearing up to release his eighth studio album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," out on Tuesday, he’s once again come under fire for anti-gay lyrics.
Rolling Stone (via the Huffington Post) points out that Eminem, 41, has performed with Elton John, supported same-sex marriage and has said a number of times in interviews that he doesn’t hate gay people. Nevertheless, he’s never been afraid of using anti-gay language through out his discography. In the interview, Rolling Stone asks why the musician continues to use offensive language and gay slurs like "faggot" in 2013, when more Americans are backing marriage equality than ever before.
"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?.?.?.," Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, told Rolling Stone.
"To actually mean ’homosexual?’" Rolling Stone asked.
"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," the rapper said. "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.