If actions truly do speak louder than words, than we might be able to see Eminem's side of why he doesn't consider himself homophobic.
But just as his first EP was back in 1997, Slim's new album is also scattered with language that would suggest otherwise, including his much-criticized new track, Rap God, a song which features the "f-word" and also uses "gay" as an insult.
"I don't know how to say this without saying it how I've said it a million times. It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. And, not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career – man, I say so much shit that's tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I'm glad we live in a time where it's really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don't know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke."
What E's fans may understand but what others may not recognize right away is that his rhymes are those of a persona — one who might be on a mission to annoy people in the first place. When asked if the words coming out of his mouth were his own or Slim Shady's, Em responded:
"Well, look, I've been doing this shit for, what, 14 years now? And I think people know my personal stance on things and the personas that I create in my music. And if someone doesn't understand that by now, I don't think there's anything I can do to change their mind about it."
While we certainly don't condone using hate speech EVER, no matter how innocuous it's intended to be, we're willing to take Eminem's word on not being an anti-gay rapper. Realize that your music makes an impact on all those who listen to it though, E. Write the lyrics you want to write. Just understand how some might be hurt by what you say.