Eminem Defends Homophobic Lyrics On MMLP2
Rap God says he has "no issues" with gay, straight or transgender people...
Eminemhas stated he has "no issue" with gay, straight or transgender people when defending lyrics on his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Slim Shady was quizzed about his use of the word "f*ggot", to which the rapper replied: "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..."
The interviewer then asked: "To actually mean 'homosexual'?"
Em then replied: "Yeah. It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or a**hole. 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**t 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."
He continued: "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**t 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."
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is out now.