Eminem Addresses Criticism Of "Rap God's" Lyrics As Homophobic

Eminem says he has no problems with people who are gay or transgender.

Eminem recently addressed critics of his lyrical content. Some have questioned the lyrics on several songs by Eminem throughout his career, calling them homophobic. 

Eminem was recently asked about specific lyrics on "Rap God," a song off his upcoming The Marshall Mathers LP 2 album that includes slurs about people who are gay. 

"I don't know how to say this without saying it how I've said it a million times," Eminem says in an interview with Rolling Stone. "But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin' or whatever, I never really equated those words  [to mean homosexual]...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.

"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," Eminem adds. "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." 

During the interview, Eminem also says that he may never change some peoples' opinions regarding this topic. 

"I've been doing this shit for, what, 14 years now?" Eminem says. "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."

Eminem's work on "Rap God" was criticized by some for lyrics that include insults about people who are gay. 

"I'll still be able to break a motherfuckin' table over the back of a couple of faggots and crack it in half," Eminem says on the track. "You fags are all the same."

Eminem continues with additional insults about people who are gay.

"Little gay-looking boy," Eminem raps on the song. "So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy / You witnessing massacre like you watching a church gathering taking place-looking boy / 'Oy vey, that boy's gay,' that's all they say looking-boy / You take a thumbs up, pat on the back, the way you go from your label every day-looking boy."

One of Eminem's critics was Boy George, an openly gay singer-songwriter. 

"Fag?" Boy George tweeted soon after the song was released. "Is this really recovery talk or are you running your own program these days? Really unhelpful."

In 2001, Eminem performed "Stan" off 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP, at the Grammys with Elton John, an openly gay singer. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) issued a statement about the performance, calling Eminem's music "hateful."

Eminem addressed criticism of his lyrics with The New York Times Magazine in 2010.

"I think if two people love each other, then what the hell?" Eminem said in the interview. "I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want." 

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is set to be released tomorrow (November 5). 

RELATED: Boy George Criticizes Eminem's "Rap God"

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77 Comments

  • Crazy Eye's

    I dont really care about any of this but I'am bored and it is funny, your going to hell if you are gay read the bible lol. have you ever heard of Die Antwoord. they are south African crazy rappers it is really zef, witch is rap in south Africa kind of hard to understand because they speek so different, and have a lot of different words and meanings. but check them out like cookie thumper, Fatty boom boom, I fink you freaky. they also zef rap to a banging electronic dj music not really hip hop. i dont know if i really like them but there videos are stunning, and funny. they got really popular and started in 2008, i mean they have up to 39 million views on youtube. way different.

  • Justin

    These fags think it's all a game. Wait, no they take it too serious and way far up the butt. If he can't say these "slurs" that are "so offensive," then nobody should be allowed to diss anyone ever again. Let's make it all equal!!! Yeah right, fags.

  • George

    kinda fucked up how you can say faggot but not ni--er on here

  • George

    There's a difference between black people and ni66ers. lotta ni66ers on this website.

  • craig

    can't believe y'all think those gay jokes are at least the bit funny....i read a few of them and they're about as dumb as this article...if you dont like his music dont listen to..its not rocket science...who gives a fuck if he uses the word faggot...freedom of speech rejects..i use the word faggot but its not to used for a gay dude or chick...if i want to call a dude or chick gay i'll simply walk up to em' and call them a fucking queer and not give two shit's...this government has turned some of y'all into a bunch of pussies...DMX once said, "I show no love to homo thugs...and if we squash the beef I aint touch'n ya hand" and I totally agree, I don't give a fuck what your two cents has to put on it...me personally i think queers is fucking disgusting and the media just keeps fucking encouraging it like its the latest thing...fuck that shit...and dont reply back with that, "you need to grow up, or your a dumbass type shit"...i dont need to do shit but work, pay MY bills, sleep by my wife and die mothafuckers.

  • Scarface the Racist

    I'm betting actual gays and carpet-munchers give two shits about what Eminem said on Rap God. It's just the dumbass media attention-seeking locusts that are complaining, like they always do.

  • I HATE FAGS

    fuck fags all bent out of shape. they should offended. FAGS ARE NOT FUCKING NORMAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF THEY WERE WE'D ALL BE GAY FUCK QUEER ASS COCK SUCKERS..... HOMOPHOBIC?? NAH IM NOT AFRAID OF JUST FUCKING HATE THEM FREAKS LOL LOL LOL

  • Newlance

    @Author, are you even understanding the quotes your using?? You quoted Eminem in saying ""But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin' or whatever, I never really equated those words [to mean homosexual]" which can be summed up as fag and gay and queer and whatever dont translate to homosexual, they're meant as insults like "bitch or punk or asshole" Then immidiately after said his lyrics were attacking homosexuals saying "Eminem continues with additional insults about people who are gay." Seriously, if you think someone is a faggot just because they're homosexual, thats pretty fucked up....(lol)

  • stg

    LMAO haters just sittin and waitin behind keyboard to write some shit just because they jealous and broke ha ha ha

  • Anonymous

    Imagine if Vinnie Paz was mainstream.

  • Anonymous

    Boy George listening to Eminem just shows what kind of fans he attracts

  • Anonymous

    LMAO just when everybody thought eminem was going to be controversial and raw again he pussies out and apologises like a little bitch eminem = washed up sellout who needs to die ASAP before he damages his legacy any further

  • Anonymous

    Drakes male fan base is mad as hell at Em

  • wd

    LOL AT FAG GEORGE TALKIN DOWN TO EM LIKE HES A KID. FUCK YOU PUNK.

  • Hmm

    I wonder if punks rose up would they be mad at ppl saying punk.

  • Champagne Papi Life

    Eminem is projecting in his songs. He constantly says faggot, because he is one. Gayest rapper ever: Feminem.

  • Crip4Life

    eminem was a bitch for a long time. whatever you muthafuckas think, eminem aint shit. in OAKLAND, we aint got no white feminem muthafucka trying to rap in here haha. one thing about this faggot, he makes 14 out of 16 tracks about his fucking family, WHO THE FUCK DO THAT? fuckin boring wigger, we dont give a fuck about his mom or daughter. fucking sellout bitches fuck outta here

    • Preston

      Oh please then lets have some quality discussion about how much weed one can smoke, how much a straight man loves pussy (gee thats fucking original, no wonder i can relate to it - hey i like pussy too!) that the rims are fucking huuuuge man, that hoes aint shit, that you like money want to get more money but still have more money then me and resultantly you are a god and i am a mere peasant and who could forget the deep intricacies of lil wayne and co "i drop my pants down cause i swag, nigga, i put em down myself i dont let me sag, nigga...nigga you gotta understand that nigga is niggaing this nigga, ma nigga, nigga, purple drank *insert shit laugh* thats right nigga, im the big boi nigga*young moula baaaaabeh!*" < please give a grammy and platinum plaques for this deep rhetoric. In Oakland yall just plain retarded. SUCK ON DEEEEZ BIACH

    • anonymous1

      oh that's right the faggots from oakland like to rock kreayshawn's gucci gucci shit.

    • TheDUke

      How does it feel to be a hater?

    • Anonymous

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXw6znXPfy4

    • dam

      really intelligent argument.

    • Anonymous

      "in OAKLAND, we aint got no white feminem muthafucka trying to rap in here haha" v-nasty?

  • Anonymous

    eminem and royce da fucking 59 - renegade

  • Anonymous

    like u didnt experiment nanana

  • Anonymous

    eminem - stimulate

  • Anonymous

    eminem - welcome to detroit city feat trick trick

  • Anonymous

    t.i. - touchdown feat eminem

  • Anonymous

    eminem - ill hurt you feat busta rhymes

  • Anonymous

    i blame it on all these new generation androgynous rappers turning all the youth sensitive and queer. thanks drake

  • Frank Ocean

    Oy vey, that boy's gay,' that's all they say looking-boy Hate Crime #GAYAPOCOLYPSE2013 THEY ARE LIKE ZOMBIES KILL EM UNTIL THEIR DEAD I JOKE I JOKE I KID I KID I'M BI ANYWAY I JUST HATE PEOPLE THAT DONT UNDERSTAND I LIKE MEN

  • Anonymous

    these homos gonna ruin the rapscene

    • Anonymous

      they've already ruined it rap in 2013 is very much pro-gay, pro-trans and pro-women the first rapper who comes out as openly gay will go multi-platinum guaranteed

  • The Truth Hurts

    "Black" and "BruthaDee" and the last "Anonymous" are the same faggot commenting under multiple names.

    • Anonymous

      DOESNT HE HAVE A JOB OR A FAMILY? WHY WOULD A BITTER 40 YEAR OLD RACIST COMMENT ON EVERY EMINEM ARTICLE IF HE HATES HIM SO MUCH?

    • Anonymous

      If he's 40 and posting on an article about a 40 year old rapper why would a 12 year old like you be concerned? Don't you have any friends to interact with like the normal kids your ages?

    • Anonymous

      BruthaDee why are you posting on here you're like 40? get a life and stop stalking us white kids with your racist propaganda!

    • What's wrong with him

      Would you like a cookie for being a creeper? Nobody cares who anybody else on here is or isn't, this isn't a dating website you Creep-O

    • Wordl&fe

      Of course...as long as you can hide your identity, you can be as gay as the person you accuse of being gay. Funny how that works.

  • Anonymous

    BruthaDee you nailed it. One of the biggest rappers ever and you never see him with women. EVER. I predict him coming out in the next couple years. Just think of how many doors that will open for Obama, The left, and the new world order.

  • BruthaDee

    Yeah I seen a white boy that's the biggest selling artist in the history of HipHop dress up in full drag in two seeperate rap videos with wigs on, heels and pantyhose. I seen the same white boy moon us at his concert and expose his buttocks on a red carpet and in the movie "8 Mile". Same kid let a naked Borat tea-bag him at an awards show in front of millions. Dyed blonde hair and lyrics about sex with his step-dad......yeah we see you

  • Black

    Feminem is a guest and he always will be, he made racist rap songs, dressed up as Brittney Spears and let Borat tea-bag him on national TV so he's a homosexual legend and a disgrace to the culture. ....however I do give him credit for bringing homosexuality, pedophilia, beastiality, incest and matricide into the culture. No other rapper has dyed their hair blonde shaved off all their facial hair and wore a bra and panty hose to imitate their mother in a rap video so he's a hero to his people.

  • Giraffe

    He never said "You fags are all the same", don't misquote him

  • OUCH!!

    "I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want." LMAO!

  • true

    Eminem is a racist too. We remember those tapes with him saying the N word and dissing Black women.

    • Anonymous

      Naw not an Oreo, just a white pretending.

    • Carlos

      I am black and Em was right on that one, call him racist, but he is right about black women, most of them care for your money, if they find out you broke they suddenly don't care that why I never go out with black women unless white. You got white golddiggers, but not as big as black women. So for that I wont call my nigga Em a racist cause honestly he spoke the truth about black women

    • Anonymous

      not even us black ppl like black women em went up in my book after that shit.

    • Anonymous

      I don't fault him for being racist, he was teased and beaten by Blacks in Detroit who slept with his girlfriends and flirted with his Mum, he had a tough upbringing. Em has the best internal rhyme schemes and his layered multi's are some of the best so I like him even if he has a racist past.

    • Ja Rule Army

      Benzino you're cover's blown!

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