Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Everybody loses!

In order to perform at London's Wireless Festival, Eminem has graciously agreed to leave out his homophobic lyrics in some of his songs. I have two points to make about this:

1. According to a spokesperson for the festival, "We have a condition that he does not use lyrics that encourage or incite hatred against gay people. He is free to express his views on gay people, as long as he stays off the violence and hatred." Oh, OK, so, he can say whatever he wants about gay people, as long as it's not mean. So he's not actually free to express his views. Don't get me wrong, huge hats off to them for keeping it hatred free...Except it would appear they're only doing it to keep protesters at bay. Hey, London! People are still going to protest! If you don't like someone you're not going to say, oh, it's cool, they're not going to do the thing I dislike about them just this one time so it's all good! So, in conclusion: he's free to say what he wants except he's not, and it's all in the name of keeping things protest-free rather than actually being anti-hate. Good work, London's Wireless Festival.

2. As for YOU, Eminem, maybe you could just not ever say homophobic things again rather then selling out for a gig. Do I agree with what you say about gay people? Hell no. I think nothing of you. But if possible I think slightly less that you can't even back up what you say all in the name of money. You're just going to go back to doing it anyway after the festival. So you're a homophobic asshole who won't even back yourself up about being a homophobic asshole. Nice work.

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