Eminem’s new single “Rap God” continues to draw criticism for its homophobic lyrics. First Boy George voiced his outrage over the lyrics and now openly gay hip hop singer Solomon is voicing his opinion of Eminem’s use of homophobic slurs in his music. As the New York Daily News reports on October 23, Solomon describes the lyrics immature and unnecessary.
Even if the lyrics aren’t directed towards the gay community, they are sending a message that it’s not cool to be gay. In “Rap God”, Eminem drops the following line:
“Little gay-looking boy/so gay I can barely say it with a straight-face looking boy.”
“He’s using the word f-ggot to degrade another man. As if the worst thing a man can be is gay. What type of message does that embed into the minds of young kids, both gay and straight?”
Another gay rapper, LastO, took it a bit further saying: “He’s a lil’ too old to be using gay and f-g and sh—as an insult; playground s—.”
In hip-hop, there is offensive language and at times even worse and more offensive than the lyrics Eminem uses in “Rap God’, but as an artist who is popular and influential, promoting stereotypes and furthermore using words that do hurt and contribute to bullying amongst youth, rappers like Solomon just feel that Eminem could’ve been more responsible with his choice of description.