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August 2000

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Con: In Defense of Eminem

Anton Sirius (anton_sirius@yahoo.com)

In Defense of Eminem

I'd love to agree with you, Rob. Hell, I'd love to like Eminem. But part of that tradition you talk about in rock music (y'know, the one that started with Chuck Berry, led through the Pistols etc.) involves SHOCKING THE STATUS QUO. And who, other than one or two journalists looking for column material, is shocked by Eminem? Even Boehlert makes note of it:

"Not only have Eminem's foul lyrics not sparked a debate among serious music observers, they've barely even caused a stir." How can Eminem be considered an outsider, a rebel, if he's embraced by the establishment? To compare his lyrics to Clockwork Orange is superficially accurate but misleading - he raps about things that would have been horrifying thirty (or even ten) years ago, but in today's climate they're greeted with chuckles. 2 Live Crew rapped about the same kind of stuff- hell, TAMER stuff - and got taken to court for it. Eminem wouldn't get sued for his in his wildest, wet, mother-raping and -killing dreams.

Not to even mention the hypocricy of attacking media friendly teen idols when he's a media friendly teen idol himself (it reminds me of Blink-182's video taking potshots at boy bands. Hey, guys, guess what -you're a boy band too!) Yeah, yeah, he's just playinga character, I know. So was the Diceman. I have a feeling their career arcs might end up being awfully similar.

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