Quotables: Eat Your Words, Eminem

11/5/2013 1:00 PM PST, by

"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 [to actually mean 'homosexual']. It was more like calling someone a b---- or a punk or assh---. 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. And, not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career—man, I say so much s--- that's tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I'm glad we live in a time where it's really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don't know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke. Well, look, I've been doing this s--- for, what, 14 years now? And I think people know my personal stance on things and the personas that I create in my music. And if someone doesn't understand that by now, I don't think there's anything I can do to change their mind about it."

--Enimem discusses his homophobic lyrics and how people have been reacting to them for basically his whole career.

Look, Eminem is talented and all, and he has some really great songs, but this is just weird. He explains that the language in some of his lyrics, specifically the "F" word -- the really mean one -- was just part of rapping when he got started, but then he brings up the different personas he's created? So which is it? And why, if a sizable group of people tell you that some of the things you say are extremely hurtful and offensive to them, can't you just stop saying them? Is it really so hard to stop using one single word?

Some come on, Em. You're smarter and better than this. You can do it. 

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936 days ago

It's America there is freedom of speech period!!! You don't like it don't listen or purchase. It's that simple. We have choices that's the beauty of America!!!

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jose quinones
935 days ago

There not appropriate but In rap it's all fair game don't
Listen or buy the musuc

935 days ago

This is a 14 year old debate. I think we all just need to settle on, if it bugs you that much, don't buy the album. I am generally very offended by the f word. But when it comes from him, it is kinda like he is just calling someone a jerk. Probably because we all know there is no hatred or malice towards gay people behind it and he makes that clear in interviews.

As for the two explanations...I get that. He has been around for a while, so his reasons for saying it have changed from "Hey I wasn't thinking of gay people when I said that" to "Yea, I am now aware how offensive it is, but one of my alters likes to offend, so deal with it."

Anyway, I picked up his new album yesterday. Excellent BTW. Bravo Eminem. And I didn't count, but he didn't say it much at all. A vast improvement considering how much he said it on MMLP one. But if you want to talk about shocking things off the new Eminem album, you should talk about him making a nice, beautiful song about his MOM. OMG, my mouth literally dropped open in shock.

935 days ago

See I don't give a f***
See, I still don't give a f***

Sorry, that is the real Marshall. I can't blame him, people being offended by his lyrics offends me. So why is it ok for me to be offended, but not someone else?

935 days ago

I grew up in a time before Eminem, and we used to use words without having any idea whatsoever what they had become. That changed as we grew up and our education increased. Little excuse for a grown man and using them only promotes them as usable words. That's the con argument I guess.

It is worth remembering that a bunch of sticks (apparently originally) or anything gathered into a bunch was called a faggot. The fact that a bunch of ignorant idiots used that term to mean a person was a bunch of worthless stuff is annoying, particularly when it is the meaning that is most prevalent now. That's the argument for him I guess.

He really needs to put it in a rap on one of his albums that people hating on the gay community and using word wrongly, are idiots. Otherwise he is saying one thing and promoting the other.

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934 days ago

Please stfu! Em don't give a f**k, and we all really know that he doesn't mean those words and has no problem with gay people or whatever

934 days ago

Em don't give a f**k, we all know he doesn't mean those words so please stfu