from the desk of Dan
Rap Star Insults the
February 21, 2001 (RFFM Commentary)--It is apparent rapper Eminem has
offended the wrong group with his music. Saying anything negative about
the gay and lesbian community these days will immediately get you tons
of bad press.
Where the rapper made
his mistake is he insulted the wrong group. If Eminem, like other
musicians, had attacked Christians, Orthodox Jews or people of the
Islamic faith, you can bet the media outcry would be nonexistent. For
example, Marilyn Manson's music has been offensive to people of faith
for many years, advocating things like suicide and celebrating the dark
aspects of men's souls. Another hip-hop artist, Snoop Dogg, brags about
being a pimp, having hundreds of women across the country under his
control. Yet the social crusaders say nothing.
Even some Republicans,
with their ear to the track of political correctness, have joined the
condemnation of Eminem and his appearance at the Grammy Awards. Lynn
Cheney, wife of the Vice-president, recently launched a crusade against
the hip-hop star because of violent lyrics targeting gays and women in
The gay and lesbian
community has a huge influence on the American mainstream media. When
Eminem chose to say unflattering things about this social group, he
crossed into dangerous territory, career-wise. From songs about cop
killers to lyrics espousing satanic worship, for years, the music
industry has insulted the senses of many Americans. However, when Eminem
decided to include homosexuals in his sophomoric lyrics, suddenly he is
a social pariah.
Eminem should take a
lesson from institutions, like the Brooklyn Museum, where artists get
praise for attacking religion and religious icons.
For the record, any
music advocating violence towards any group or individual is
inappropriate. And social condemnation of artists who feel it is
necessary to belittle or demean others should be widespread. But, at the
same time, no one social group is more deserving of civil treatment than
You see, unfortunately,
it's not what you say, it's who you say it about. Eminem has yet to
learn that lesson.