This Week In Music: Perry Releases “Prism;” Eminem Bashes Gay Community
This week was a busy week for the music industry—from Lady Gaga releasing a new single from her upcoming album to Katy Perry releasing her forth studio album “Prism.” With Perry domination on the charts for the past month, she recently hosted “Saturday Night Live”—followed with the release of the much anticipated album which also hit the top on iTunes.
On a more controversial note, the rapper Eminem, who has also released some new music, has a new song that is being called incredibly homophobic. In the song “Rap God,” Eminem goes on for six minutes with deragatory language bashing the gay community.
Scott Meslow of TheAtlantic.com mentioned that “in the first verse, Eminem boasts of his ability to “break a motherf—-r’s table over the back of a couple f-ggots and crack it in half.” In the second verse, Eminem goes off on a bizarre, homophobic rant: “Little gay-looking boy / 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.”
Besides the verses, what is causing even more of a stir are the comments about how great the song is by
multiple sources. “Time called the single ‘divine.’ Rolling Stone analyzed the song’s influences without commenting on—its content. MTV News took the time to collect Eminem’s array of pop-cultural references without noting his homophobia. Worst of all is Just Jared, which took the time to painstakingly transcribe the six-minute song’s lyrics—and took the coward’s way out by writing “[?]” over every homophobic lyric in the song, as if they suddenly couldn’t hear him,” stated Meslow.
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