"I do promote violence and I don't
give a fuck." -- Eminem
To the heaps of praise white rapper
Eminem has gotten for his CD,
The Marshall Mathers LP, he can
now add a Grammy nomination for
album of the year, along with three
other nominations. But gays in the
music industry and many fans still
consider his lyrics to be little more
than open-faced homophobia. The
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation has even written
guidelines for reporters on how to
cover the controversial icon.
Eminem's album features the song
"Kill You," with the following lyrics:
"You faggots keep egging me
on/'Til I have you at knifepoint,
then you beg me to stop."
So what are the limits of artistic
expression in the music world? Do
lyrics advocating violence against
women and gays lead to violent
behavior? And what are the
responsibilities of a record
company, especially one owned by
a gay man?
Find out what people are saying
and doing about it, inside and
outside the music world.
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"You faggots keep egging me on
'til I have you at knifepoint, then
you beg me to stop."
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jagged edge that'll stab you in the
head. Whether you're a fag or lez,
or the homosex, hermaph, or a
trans-a-ves, pants or dress. Hate
fags? The answer's yes."
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<P><B>What do you think about "hate rap?"</B><BR>
<INPUT TYPE=radio NAME="q_0" VALUE="0"> Some of it's OK.
<BR><INPUT TYPE=radio NAME="q_0" VALUE="1"> It's freedom of expression.
<BR><INPUT TYPE=radio NAME="q_0" VALUE="2"> It's verbal bigotry and should be stopped.
<BR><INPUT TYPE=radio NAME="q_0" VALUE="3"> Who cares? I don't like the stuff anyway.
<BR><INPUT TYPE=radio NAME="q_0" VALUE="4"> I like it if it's gay rap dissing homophobes.
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