Eminem Explains Why He’s Still Using the Word “F*ggot”

ememem Eminem Explains Why Hes Still Using the Word F*ggot

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Since the days of Eminem’s battle rap beginnings, hip-hop has come a long way. Openness in rap music is spreading and homophobia is less commonplace, but Eminem is still causing controversy and pushing people’s buttons. In his new single “Rap God,” he drops lines like:

“I’ll still be able to break a motherfucking table
Over the back of a couple of faggots and crack it in half”

and:

“Off a plank, and tell me what in the fuck are you thinking
Little gay lookin’ boy
So gay I can barely say it with a straight face lookin’ boy
You witnessing a massacre
Like you watching a church gathering take place, lookin’ boy
Oy vey, that boy’s gay, that’s all they say lookin’ boy”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Eminem once again found himself defending the language he chooses to use. So why does Eminem still say “faggot” in 2013? Here’s his explanation:

You’ve made it clear again and again that you don’t actually have a problem with gay people. So why, in 2013, use “faggot” on that song? Why use “gay-looking” as an insult?

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”?

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. 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. 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.

(Rolling Stone)

  • TheBrazilionaire

    I gotta agree with Em on liberty of expression here. When you don’t censor words they lose their power. Society has tried to become so awfully politically correct it’s nauseating. Bitches need to lighten the fuck up.

  • pedro

    Not censoring words to make them lose their power only works if used by the group they’re meant to denegrate. So a straight man using words like faggot doesn’t do much except make him sound like a fucking bigot.

  • http://twitter.com/troybrowntv TroyBrownTV

    I feel like he handled this exactly the right way. Even though he doesn’t mean to be anti-gay when he says what he says in his music, when you use the word faggot and always equate being gay to something negative it reinforces that idea to the hundreds of millions of people who are interested in Em and listening to his music. And he may not be homophobic himself, but a lot of people will definitely take the wrong message from his rhymes. So when you’re as big as him you have to be mindful that everybody who is influenced by you isn’t as level headed as you are and their interpretation of what you said can be dangerous. That’s why it’s good for dude to clear up the air and make it clear that he’s just rhyming, and being creative. And saying that he doesn’t endorse that. Salute to Rolling Stone for asking the question and salute to the homie Em for answering it responsibly.

  • notafaget

    there’s nothing wrong with being gay, faggot

  • Kelromaric

    That one South Park episode explained “fags” and “homo” with a dictionary definition.

  • Moyo John

    Why be a king wen u can be a god

  • Moyo John

    Why be a king wen u can be a god