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June 18, 2009 3:13 PM   Subscribe

Sure he sings about brutally raping and killing women, but please don't take offense: "It's hard core, it's dark comedy, it's what Eminem has always been," says his producer, Dr. Dre. Some might be concerned about the misogyny of they lyrics, but it's what (Dre thinks) the kids want, it's what the critics love, (it's a truly enjoyable listen from beginning to end), it's what sells.

The critics condescendingly write of those who take the lyrics literally. And we all know that music doesn't make anyone pick up a gun, knife, fist and go out and do acts of violence or stupidity.

Meanwhile, in Juárez, a culture of Sexism, corporate greed, and drug trafficking make Juárez a deadly town for Mexico's women. The same critics are silent as to why factors that lead to violence against women in other places are harmless entertainment at at home.

(And though Hate Speech might be protected by the first amendment, some kids (at least) are resisting).

Ladies and Gentlemen, from the Number One Album in America:

Fe Fi Fo Fum
I think I smell the scent of a placenta
I enter central park, it's dark, it's winter in December
I see my target with my car, and park and approach her tender
Young girl by the name of Brenda and I pretend to befriend her
Sit down beside her like a spider, hi there girl you mighta
Heard of me before, see whore you're the kinda girl that I'da
Assault and rape and figure why not try to make your pussy wider
Fuck you with an umbrella then open it up while that shits inside ya
posted by kanewai (11 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: I can tell you put some effort into this, but in terms of heavy-handed editorial framing this is not a good post for the front page of metafilter. -- cortex



 
Dear Eminem: next time you want to get on the front page of MetaFilter, I suggest a "song" about declawing your cat.

Also, YHBT. HTH. HAND.
posted by GuyZero at 3:17 PM on June 18, 2009


I'm not really sure what the Eminem/Juarez connection is here.

As a fan of his music, and also a little disturbed by his imagery sometimes, I found that the really dark songs on his album seemed to represent his "dark side." On the album he seems to be singing about his drug problem and a monster inside of himself that he has a hard time containing/controlling/dealing with. Rather than explicity singing just about bitches and hos.

Also, I recall a song from one of his first albums, I think the song was "Dear Shady" specifically addressing the issue of the sicker songs being for entertainment value and not to be emulated.

And am I the only one that heard Sir Elton John helped him kick pills, get into rehab, or whatever? Is that a myth?
posted by tinatiga at 3:20 PM on June 18, 2009


He was better back when he was talking about humping dead moose.
posted by dunkadunc at 3:20 PM on June 18, 2009


Are you really drawing a parallel between Eminem and the Juarez killings? That's ridiculous. Why not post a link to GTA IV or Dungeons & Dragons while you're at it?
posted by Justinian at 3:20 PM on June 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


wow, you've been here a while and you thought this was a good post? holy fuck.
posted by shmegegge at 3:21 PM on June 18, 2009


On the one hand, writing about something is not the same thing as endorsing it. On the other hand, that may be a distinction that's missed or ignored by a not insignificant percentage of the population - including those who choose to write about such things. On the other hand, where did I get this extra hand from?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:22 PM on June 18, 2009


Christ, what an artist.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:23 PM on June 18, 2009


Yes, I believe there is a connection between misogyny and violence against women.
posted by kanewai at 3:25 PM on June 18, 2009


>: On the other hand, that may be a distinction that's missed or ignored by a not insignificant percentage of the population - including those who choose to write about such things.

They're the same people who talk about how the Internets are Serious Business, get excited about their teenagers throwing rainbow parties, and say Hitler jokes are never, ever cool.
posted by dunkadunc at 3:25 PM on June 18, 2009


yikes
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 3:28 PM on June 18, 2009


Yes, I believe there is a connection between misogyny and violence against women.

There is also a connection between editorializing and posting to one's personal blog.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:28 PM on June 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


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