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Controversy 1


With the enormous popularity of Eminem's second album, the controversy
surrounding Eminem grew even larger, especially when The Marshall
Mathers LP was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Though Mathers had always claimed that his lyrics were not meant to be
taken seriously, and that he had nothing against homosexuals or women,
the gay rights group GLAAD organized a boycott of the Grammys. Mathers
responded to this by singing "Stan" on-stage with openly gay singer
Elton John, ending the performance by hugging John to show that he
didn't have anything against homosexuals. Though it shocked a lot of
people, this gesture failed to appease many of his critics. In later
interviews, he said he did not know Elton John was gay, but that he
respected him: "Of course I'd heard of Elton John," Eminem said, "but
I didn't know he was gay. I didn't know anything about his personal
life. I didn't really care, but being that he was gay and he had my
back, I think it made a statement in itself saying that he understood
where I was coming from."

The two songs most often cited as examples in The Marshall Mathers LP
of Eminem's misogyny were "Kill You" and "Kim." Critics claimed the
former portrayed extremely violent abuse against women in general and
contained a line about Eminem raping his own mother. The latter is not
so much a song as it is a reenactment of a fictional fight between
Eminem and his wife, although he does rhyme his shouted, hoarse lines.
Despite his conflicting expressions of love and hate throughout the
track, Eminem ends up slitting Kim's throat at the end (accompanied by
cries of "Bleed, bitch, bleed!"); several people objected to the
graphic description of spousal abuse. On the clean version of the CD,
the track was removed and replaced with a song almost entirely devoid
of profanity called "The Kids."

Since Eminem's rapid ascent to fame, tell-all biographies of varying
quality have been published, including...


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