Doing The Most: Did These Music Videos Go Too Far?

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Eminem: Stan

Eminem’s roughly eight-minute long video for “Stan” raised more than a few eyebrows when it was released in 2000. The video features Eminem as a deranged and obsessed Slim Shady fan, and singer-songwriter Dido as his pregnant girlfriend. The video chronicles Stan’s descent into madness and ultimately the murder of himself and his girlfriend. While the song itself was meant to symbolize Eminem’s struggles with fame, it also raised a number of questions about the use of violence toward women in music videos as a means of creative expression. And of course Em’s volatile relationship with ex-wife Kim Mathers certainly didn’t help matters.

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