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"Rap God" calls out Trump in BET freestyle

by Nicholas Mazur - Copy Desk Chief
Tue, Oct 24th 2017 09:00 pm

Another voice in the celebrity ranks of Trump condemners has spilled out into the media. This week, the voice comes from the mouth of the real Slim Shady himself: Eminem. In an almost five-minute video presented at the BET Hip Hop Awards, the rapper presented a freestyle attack on the president.

The rap, referred to as, “The Storm,” addressed several points of controversy surrounding the president, including the current NFL scandal, treatment of veterans like John McCain, the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico and the racially charged disruptions in Charlottesville, Virgini

a. Eminem also used the rap to make clear the fact that he supports neither Trump nor any of his fans that are Trump supporters themselves. 

In the video he makes it clear he wants no support from Trump supporters,“any fan of mine/who’s a supporter of his/I’m drawing a line in the sand/you’re either for or against/and if you can’t decide/who you like more and you’re split/on who you should stand behind/I’ll do it for you with this,” he said in his video, before giving a middle finger to the camera.

However, Eminem is not quite the social savior that he seems to be in this video. Despite his staunch denial of Trump and his ideals and practices, the two have some things in common when it comes to things like homophobia and misogyny. 

According to The Washington Post, the rapper has used misogynistic lyrics to stay culturally relevant such as, “Play nice b****/I’ll punch Lana Del Ray in the face twice like Ray Rice/in broad daylight/in plain sight of elevator surveillance/‘til the head is banging on the railing/then celebrate with the Ravens.”

According to Rolling Stone, the artist is also known for his homophobic lyrics as well. In 2013, Eminem was interviewed by Rolling Stone, where he was asked about  his use of homophobic slurs. His response was a sincere, if not terribly misguided, viewpoint, 

“But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin' or whatever, I never really equated those words . . . It was more like calling someone a b**** or a punk or a**hole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then,” Eminem said.

Those more familiar with Eminem are surely not surprised by this aspect of the artist. So where does that leave us? 

What does this add or subtract from his video? I want to argue nothing, it would be great to say that regardless of his previous actions and words, that Eminem hit the nail on the head, and made a scathing attack on the president and his supporters. However, the game we’re all playing is not, and never will be, that easy.

If Eminem was the first celebrity to come out and attack Trump, that would be different, but he wasn’t. 

If he had apologized for his use of slurs and misogyny instead of defending it, that would be different, but he didn’t. We can’t know for sure what his true motives for this video were, noble or not, but that doesn’t matter.

Eminem has some sour ideas about what excuses the use of slurs and what excuses using misogyny to get rich. Which is a vice on its own, but poor excuses for careless cruelty is the bread and buter of someone else we know.

You cannot say that you support groups, their rights, and then carelessly use your platform and lyrics to promote just the opposite. Perhaps the reason that he has to address fans of his that are also Trump supporters is not a coincidence. this issue here is not, is a rapper justified to diss Trump? The question is, is Eminem justified to diss Trump?

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good jab at Trump as much as the next person. However, you will not find me singing the high praises of Eminem any time soon. 

To me he’s just another celebrity on the “I hate Trump” bandwagon. Granted, it’s a good wagon to be on, but it doesn’t win you any special awards and certainly doesn’t excuse you for past transgressions you’ve tried to gloss over. 

So at the end of the  day I guess Trump’s the worst and Eminem isn’t much better, but at least we got some nice controversy out of this whole thing. That plus a nice Trump diss; count your blessings I suppose. The only thing left to ask is, will the real Slim Shady please sit down?

 

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