Several news outlets covering musician Eminem’s rap takedown of President Trump neglected to mention the artist’s history of lyrics colored by misogyny and bigotry.
Eminem’s rap was played on a video Tuesday night at the BET Hip Hop Awards and featured the often-controversial artist criticizing Trump on nearly every front, including his feud with the NFL, his disparagement of Sen. John McCain, and even a slight at the rapper’s own fans who might support Trump.
“And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line,” Eminem said. “You’re either for or against, and if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split on who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for it for you with this: Fuck you.”
Many reports covering the video described it as a significant moment in a clash between an outspoken celebrity and the president of the United States without noting Eminem’s past lyrics laden with themes like violence against women and anti-gay slurs.
A CNN report said the rap was “perhaps the fiercest and the most exhaustive attack against Donald Trump in hip-hop,” then highlighted “the 11 most explosive lines,” but there was no mention of Eminem’s past lyrics.
A write-up at the left-leaning Huffington Post called the rap “brutal” and led with the line: “The real Slim Shady is standing up to President Donald Trump.”
Atlantic magazine’s Conor Friedersdorf mentioned Eminem’s past but…Read More