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I’ll take it where I can get it

Timothy Kincaid

June 17th, 2010

From the New York Times interview with artist Eminem (Marshall Mathers) regarding his new album Recovery

You’ve been accused of writing gay-bashing lyrics in the past. Would you like to see gay marriage approved in Michigan, where you live?

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.

Which means that either the notion of equality for gay people has made its way into the “white trash” culture for which Eminem speaks, or Elton John’s habit of “building bridges, not fences” with notorious homophobes actually works.

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Priya Lynn
June 17th, 2010 | LINK

So much for people getting more conservative as they age…

paul j stein
June 17th, 2010 | LINK

I like Marshall, he speaks what is on his mind. Some of his material is insightful and enlightening. He can’t help that he’s cute and has a masculine aura in a non-threatening way. He’s been hit on and has had the “gay” thing tossed his way too often . Until recently he has not had the tool kit to deal with it tactfully. Him and Ol Reggie must had a few long talks on how to deal with the crap of celebrity.

artdyke
June 18th, 2010 | LINK

He’s always struck me as ultimately pro-gay, despite his misguided lyrical excesses. Did anyone see 8-Mile? He has a gay co-worker (Paul) who doesn’t get a lot of time on screen, but he intervenes when the others start to mock him for being effeminate, using the line “Paul’s gay, you’re a faggot,” the “you” here being the bully. Misguided, yes, in that he thinks it’s okay to pretend “faggot” doesn’t mean a gay person, just a person you don’t like. But still… his heart is in the right place it seems.

Maurice Lacunza
June 20th, 2010 | LINK

Maybe it’s just me, but I have always gotten a bit of a gay vibe off of Eminem. There, I said it. Probably just wishful thinking, but I do get a vibe! :)

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