Eminem-Homophobia; what’s his deal?

January 12, 2010 at 6:45 am (queerspawn) (, , , , )

A friend pointed out that between the various posts I seem to have tackled the subject of homophobia and hip hop. This is not a first for me, freshman year in college I wrote a rap entitled “homophobia is wack” for a obligatory expository writing class. In said rap I proclaimed that MC’s could definitely lose the homophobia and still be cool. “Naw, it’s part of hip hop culture,” my friend counters. But Kanye ( before the no-homo bit) had said he’s not a homophobe and everyone liked him(until the taylor siwft thing) and the jury is still out on Lil’ Wayne, right ? (see previous post)
And then there’s Eminem. Up until now i’ve considered him too ridiculous to even worry about. I didn’t buy his albums, didn’t lose much sleep over it. I don’t care whether he’s serious or not, as much as I don’t really want to listen to him talking shit about fags. Sample lyrics in “Kill You”: “You faggots keep eggin’ me on/til I have you at knifepoint, then you beg me to stop?/SHUT UP! Give me your hands and feet/I said SHUT UP when I’m talkin’ to you/YOU HEAR ME? ANSWER ME!”. I can live without it. But my friend is a fan and the more I was forced to listen in his car the more confusing Eminem became. The dude is way gay. A internet search reveals lots of people believe him to be a closet case. On his album Relapse, Homo-erotic ennuendo abound. I hear his newest release- Refill is even gayer. What’s his deal? Self-hating? On Relapse, he talks about being molested- who knows seriously or not. I know some homophobes who got molested as kids and have turn their worry over that making them gay into prejudice. In the end I care much less about what his personal feelings are and more about what effect all this might have on the fourteen year olds listening to it. On the other hand I listened to Nine Inch Nails talking about I wanna fuck you like an animal and I didnt become a deviant right? oh wait.

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An Open Letter to 50 Cent

October 15, 2009 at 6:38 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

the new Queerspawn ambassador

the new Queerspawn ambassador

This is not the first time I have been inclined to write you on this particular subject. Your lyric “Coming up I was confused, My mama kissin’ a girl” tipped me off ages ago. You are one of us. You are Queerspawn, sir. My viewing last night of VH1’s Behind the Music, about you, confirmed my beliefs. In their documentary, I saw pictures of the woman who bore you and she is wearing men’s clothes in most of them. She looked rather butch to me, man, and last time I checked, in the seventies the butch/femme dynamic was a lot more ubiquitous in the gay community. I am forced to piece things together, based on assumptions, because you have not publicly acknowledged your connection to the gay community. Rather the opposite. I had to laugh, however, when your comments about Kanye and Lady Gaga’s tour being ” The Gay Tour” were taken as homophobic. First off, you were right and secondly perhaps you feel an unusual comfort in using that term since you were raised by a dyke. Lord knows I have to watch what I say as a straight woman, lest people be offended when I talk about dykes and lezzies. I forget sometimes that I am seen as an outsider to my own community. Is it the same for you? I have so many questions thanks to VH1’s proffered glimpse into your upbringing. Was she out? I know you were mostly raised by your grandparents, how did they feel about her sexuality? Why aren’t you the most awesome spokesperson ever for our community? Step up to the plate dude ! I’m no sure this will ever make it to you but my little brother would love another tough guy to commiserate with, so I had to try…

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