January 17, 2020
It must be hard to be Eminem.
Being a rapper pushing 50 is always going to be hard.
But Eminem made his image being edgy (killing faggots, beating, raping and killing women, etc.). Then edginess was banned from society, so he started making albums about Donald Trump being an evil racist and his former fans were like “what the hell is this?”
You kind of have to be edgy or not. You can’t frame yourself as a defender of liberal values and then make jokes about terrorist attacks.
US rapper Eminem has provoked outrage on social media after releasing a track that appears to make light of the Manchester Arena bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, featuring the lyrics “bombs away.”
Hours after releasing his new album ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ on Twitter, Eminem faced an angry backlash regarding one particular song titled, ‘Unaccommodating,’ in which he addresses his feud with fellow US rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
It features the line: “But I’m contemplating yelling ‘Bombs away’ on the game/Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” against a backdrop of bomb sounds.
YALL LISTEN EMINEM REALLY RAPPED ABOUT MANCHESTER AND ARIANA? pic.twitter.com/oUJXjbb2u1
— messy minaj (@slayyytersk8ter) January 17, 2020
Twenty-two people were killed in the Manchester terrorist attack at the close of an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017, when British-born Salman Abedi detonated a bomb — killing himself in the process.
The lyrics have infuriated many people on social media who found it “f***ing disgusting” that the 47-year-old rapper would make a “joke” about such a horrific incident. One person voiced her anger at Eminem on Twitter, insisting that he should not be making money off the victims.
She tweeted: “People literally lost their lives, and you’re going to release music and try to make a profit off of them?”
He should have known you can’t make jokes about the Manchester bombing.
I’ve heard of other people having problems with this exact same issue.
And it really is ridiculous to be outraged about Orange Man’s racism and then joke about people dying in a terrorist attack.
Eminem should have just come out in support of Donald Trump. That would have been the correct career path for him, given that pretty much 100% of his fans were Trump supporters. And his entire persona was ostensibly about making people mad, and no one ever made anyone as mad as Donald Trump made people.
If he’d done that, he could create controversy over joking about terrorist attacks and it would fit into his bit.
On the album, the rapper, who also used to rap about killing people and has faced gun charges himself, also called for gun control.
The Detroit rapper’s new music video for “Darkness,” one of the album’s 20 tracks, depicts a shooting at a concert. The lyrics and storyline of the video specifically allude to the 2017 mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It closes with audio and video footage of news broadcasts from other recent mass shooting around the U.S. and an appeal to register to vote.
“When will this end? When enough people care,” reads the text at the end of the video. “Register to vote at vote.gov. Make your voice heard and help change gun laws in America.”
Here’s the video.
Who is this supposed to appeal to, exactly?
“Gun control advocates who also think jokes about blowing up Ariana Grande concerts are funny” is not a very big market.
On a Personal Note
The whole “trying to stay cool” thing is something I’ve really kept in mind in my post-30 years as something that I never, ever want to be involved in.
I have never met a “cool” person over 35. And every person over 35 I’ve ever met trying to act cool was sad and terrible to me.
There is a natural change that people are supposed to go through in their late twenties to early thirties where they go from being youthful to dignified.
It’s basically an issue of “fashionability.” The clothes you wear are a big part of this, but it mainly comes down to behavior. You have to separate yourself from trendiness and an attachment to youth culture.
This is probably what the boomers were dealing with when they invented the concept of a midlife crisis. For whatever reasons, the boomers couldn’t let go of youth. Probably because they grew up in a synthetic culture that worshiped youth. The midlife crises didn’t really help that.
Millennials are now having midlife crises, and calling them “quarter life crises” because they can’t even face the fact that yes, they are reaching the “midpoint” of their lives (or because they believe they’ll live to their 130s). A 31-year-old woman wrote about this for The Guardian a few weeks ago in an article entitled “The millennials at 31: welcome to the age of misery,” which was uniquely reflective for an article written by a woman, in my estimation.
I was relieved when I turned 35, and realized that I was halfway through the years allotted to me by God.
It’s hard for me to imagine not sighing with relief at making it halfway. But I guess people have a hard time dealing with their own mortality. I’ve had this idea that every single day of your life you should remember that someday you will die.
I guess if I’m being totally honest with myself, a big part of why I don’t have the issue that so many of these people are having is probably because I view myself as having had a lot of professional success already, and so have good reason to believe that I will continue to be successful in my future endeavors.
I think about this stuff with this site. I was able to recognize that the whole “Nazi” bit had gone stale. But I don’t ever want to get to the point where I’m pushing stale edgy humor.
If you’re a white rapper, you’re in a very unique situation, and the only real way to keep your self-respect is to do what Kid Rock did and become a country singer.
(It isn’t good country music, but neither was his rap good.)
Eminem probably could have switched to pop music, as he appeared to be starting a transformation into whenever that Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” track was released, but then he went back to trying to be edgy… by attacking Donald Trump.
He should serve as a warning to all those approaching their third decade: make sure you have a plan for developing into full adulthood in a mature and respectable way. And realize that you can’t be cool, and the harder you try, the worse you will fail.