Eminem's "Rap God" Accused of Promoting Homophobia

His lyrics are still shady, openly gay artists said.

Posted: 10/23/2013 04:52 PM EDT
Filed Under Music News, Eminem

Talk about history repeating. Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2 is not only a revival of the title of his 2000 album, but it's also stirring up controversy similar to that time, reports the NY Daily News.

As GLAAD did before, openly gay artists are calling out the Detroit MC for his lyrics in "Rap God," MMLP2's recently released third single, saying that his words can be damaging to young minds, "gay and straight."

Lyrics like, "Little gay-looking boy/So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy," are a point of contention, says Solomon, a rapper from San Diego and founder of SolRay Records. "When he [Eminem] invited me on his radio station a few years ago [in 2008], I though he put all of this aside," he explained via a statement. "Granted it's not directed towards the gay community, but subconsciously it is. He's using the word f----t to degrade another man. As if the worst thing a man can be is gay. What type of message does that embed into the minds of young kids, both gay and straight?"

As for Em's mind, he should be mature enough to know better by now, said Solomon's SolRay labelmate LastO. "He's a lil' too old to be using 'gay' and 'f-g' and s--t as an insult; playground s--t," he said.

Boy George weighed in via Twitter. "I haven't heard the record, I just object to the term, 'f-g,'" he wrote.

GLAAD, an LGBT community advocacy organization, condemned Eminem's song "Control" (for lyrics like, "Hate f-gs? The answer's, 'yes'") when the first Marshall Mathers LP dropped. In 2001, he attempted to make proper amends with the community by performing his hit "Stan" at the Grammy Awards with "pop god" Elton John.

Em's yet to respond to this controversy.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 drops Nov. 5. 

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