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Controversy 3

On October 26, 2004, a week before the U.S. presidential election,
2004, Eminem released the video for his song titled "Mosh" on the
Internet. The song features a very strong anti-Bush message, with
lyrics such as "fuck Bush" and "this weapon of mass destruction that
we call our president". The video features Eminem gathering up an army
of people presented as victims of the Bush administration and leading
them to the White House. However, once the army breaks in, it is
revealed that they are there to simply register to vote, and the video
ends with the words "VOTE Tuesday November 2" on the screen. After
Bush won the election, the video's ending was changed to Eminem and
the protesters invading while Bush was giving a speech. On October 31,
Eminem performed the song on Saturday Night Live, but some thought
that he appeared to be lip-syncing the chorus, only a week after
Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-syncing her performance on the program.
His management observed that he was merely rapping over a backing
track so as not to lose the beat, and in any case, since the Simpson
incident had occurred only the week previously, Eminem made a point of
lowering the microphone whenever the backing vocals were heard while
he wasn't rapping. None of the publicity helped the album however,
which saw its sales stall at 4.7 million copies, a number dramatically
lower than his past two albums.

In summer 2005, Mathers embarked on his first US concert run in three
years, the Anger Management 3 Tour, featuring Lil' Jon, 50 Cent and
G-Unit, D12, Obie Trice, The Alchemist, and others. In August 2005,
Eminem canceled the European leg of the tour and subsequently
announced that he had entered drug rehabilitation for treatment for a
"dependency on sleep medication". At the same time as he was entering
rehab, his aunt and uncle, Jack and Betty Schmitt, sued Mathers,
charging that he had reneged on a promise to build a $350,000 house
for them and supply them with...


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