Controversial Rapper Eminem has spoken out about the criticism he has received from the media over the homophobic lyrics in this song ‘Rap God’. While speaking with Rolling Stone magazine, Eminem defended his lyrics saying that he doesn’t think the language is anti-gay but rather a generic insult, “like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole”.
In a snippet of the soon to be published cover story for Rolling Stone posted on the magazine’s website Eminem was asked:
“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?”
Eminem responded with, “When I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never really equated those words … ”
“To actually mean ‘homosexual’?” the interviewer Brian Hiatt asks.
“Yeah. It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole.” Eminem adds, “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.”
Eminem ends the upcoming interview by saying:
“Well, look, I’ve been doing this shit 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.”
Despite his sometimes jarring verbosity, the rapper is a supporter of gay marriage, telling the New York Times in 2010: ”I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.”