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“I attempt these lyrical acrobat stunts while I’m practicing that / I’ll still be able to break a motherf**kin’ table / Over the back of a couple of f*ggots and crack it in half / Only realized it was ironic I was signed to Aftermath after the fact…”
“Even though I walk in the church and burst in a ball of flames / Only Hall of Fame I be inducted in is the alcohol of fame / On the wall of shame /You f*gs think it’s all a game ’til I walk a flock of flames…”Followed by:
“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.”Even as the Hip-Hop community continuously bares the brunt of accusations of being a bastion for homophobia, and society as a whole starts to understand how words like “f*g” are hurtful and just not polite, Eminem clearly has no interest in caring about either. And why should he? Not when TIME magazine can overlook the homophobia completely and instead just call the track “divine.” And not when Rolling Stone magazine also didn’t bother to mention the homophobic tirade at all, instead focusing on his warp-speed delivery and whom he might be paying homage too. Even the New York Daily News, who mentioned the controversial stuff, still didn’t see the need to quibble over the song’s homophobia, nor its misogyny, and saw it as nothing more than a “throwback to rapper’s playful prime.” Also noticeably absent is the lack of critical op-ed pieces not only denouncing, but also deconstructing what a song and its homo-antagonistic lyrics means to mainstream youth – and more importantly, how Eminem himself is a reflection of that culture. Instead, it appears to be an ambivalent undertone within this reaction – or lack thereof – to the song. In some ways, it is understandable: Mr. Slim Shady has been using homophobic slurs and imagery in his music for more than a decade now, drawing all sorts of controversy and protest in the process. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, declared Eminem’s lyrics on The Marshall Mathers LP as “the most homophobic and hateful that GLAAD has ever seen in the past 15 years” and even protested the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, which gave a platform for the Detroit-native to perform his now infamous duet with Sir Elton John. Not only did Eminem receive a standing ovation and a hug from the gay musical legend, but he managed to show how little he gave a crap about the GLAAD protest or the awards in general by raising both middle fingers to the audience. And that has pretty much been the gist of how society has responded and dealt with Eminem’s homophobia. In essence, the Great White Hope of Hip-Hop, who has been a darling of the music and cultural critics, has sort of received a pass from the same level of scrutiny and flat-out hostility as some of his equally vile, and browner homophobes and misogynists. Somewhere, Chris Brown is listening to the track, whining and probably angrily punching a wall, or a puppy, at how his horrible transgressions warrant, on average, a public declaration a week on how much everyone should hate Chris, while some defensive music critic is once again, trying to convince us that Eminem’s abusive gender and sexual politics (as well as his past, which involves domestic violence incidents with ex-wife Kim) are all just a matter of clever wit and ironic wordplay, which us Philistines are incapable of processing (and yes, those articles exist too). And on that account (and only on that account) Breezy would have a point. Outside of the realm of Hip-Hop and more into popular television, music and film culture in general, there does appear to be a tendency to ignore or excuse and even normalize misogynistic, homo-antagonistic and phobic deeds and words, which come by way of white entertainers and their even whiter writers. It seems that when they do it, it’s ironic or artsy. But when brown-skinned folks do it, it’s a cause. In no way am I suggesting that black rappers should get a pass as none of it is right. I’m just saying that the standard should be raised, applied and held for all, including the real Slim Shady.
“I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be unclothed and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping.Wow. She didn’t hold back did she? But O’Connor definitely makes some good points. What do you think? Check out the full open letter here and share your thoughts.Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you. The music business doesn’t give a s*** about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it’s what YOU wanted… and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone. I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying f*** about you. They’re there for the money… we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control. Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that it’s somehow cool to be prostituted… it’s so not cool Miley… it’s dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers… that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherf***er who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”
With millions of adoring fans and millions in the bank, celebrities may seem to have it all but behind closed doors, they have their dark moments too.Here’s a list of stars who have survived suicide attempts.
Paris Jackson lived a life relatively outside of the spotlight until her very famous dad suddenly passed away in June 2009. Since then, the King of Pop’s only daughter has struggled to deal with his death. To make matters worse, the 15-year-old is expected to stand trial at the lawsuit her family has filed against Jackson’s concert promoter later this month. Early Tuesday morning the younger Jackson was rushed to the hospital after trying to take her own life. She reportedly slit her wrist and took a large amount of aspirin pills. Grandma Katherine’s rep has released a statement on the teen: “Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy.”
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‘She Is The Most Beautiful Girl In The World:’ Chris Brown Says He And Rihanna Are Definitely An Item
On Oscar night Chris Brown revealed to Page Six during Elton John’s HIV Foundation party that he and Rihanna have rekindled their romance and that they have officially entered into an exclusive relationship with one another.
“We are really happy. We are back together. She is the most beautiful girl in the world. But I’m sad she couldn’t be here tonight; she is rehearsing for her tour,” Brown said to Page Six.
Not that anyone with two eyes and an internet connection was unaware of this, but its cool to see him gush and actually admit it. Rihanna also discussed her relationship with Brown in an interview late last month.
“He doesn’t have the luxury of f***ing up again. That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility. He made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues. He’s paid so much. And I know that’s not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing,” she said of the 2009 assault that ended their relationship.
Brown described the incident as his “biggest mistake” in an interview with The Mirror.
“That night was the deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake. But she loves me – what can I say? I’m forgiven… but, yes, I worked hard for it.”
Chris went on to dish on the bond that he’s formed with Elton John, who he says has shown him tons of support regarding his reunion with Rih Rih.
“I met Elton about a year ago, and he’s been a good friend to me. So it is great to be here tonight to support him,” he said to Page Six.
Chris also expressed his desire to work on a musical collaboration with John someday.
“Music is music. It transcends everything, so I would love it if we could work together,” the singer revealed.
Despite Chris and Rihanna’s tumultuous past, it is nice to see how happy they are with one another. As for that Elton John-Chris Brown collaboration, that could be interesting.
What are your thoughts on Chris and Rihanna’s reunion?