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  •  Eminem's defense of the homophobic lyrics (4.00)
    Some people probably hate him for his anti-gay messages..sO I wanted to add this:
    "Eminem's defense of the homophobic lyrics on his albums has always been that he's not speaking as himself, he's speaking as a character, and he's representing homophobia in America," Tennant explained.

    I and others might still underestimate the impact of those lyrics, but nevertheless it's not going to keep me from listening to his music.

    •  A character? (3.75)
      Musicians can sing as a character?

      Wait, you mean that Bruce Springstein doesn't really have a wife and kids down in Baltimore, Jack?

      That Kenny Rogers never really met a terminally ill gambler on a train bound for nowhere?

      That Johnny Cash never shot a man just to watch him die?

      Woah... you have just blown my mind!

      ;)

      If our goal is not to bring terrorism to a "nuisance", then why does the color-coded terror alert have those bottom two levels?

      by ThatsNotFunny on Tue Oct 26, 2004 at 03:46:43 AM PDT

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    •  Bingo... (4.00)
      I remember the whole brouhaha over G-N-R and the "One in a million" song off the lies EP....  People honed in on the presence of certain epitaths while completely missing the fact that One in Million was a song about self-loathing, not some hit piece against gays or blacks.

      Above, someone also mentioned both Springsteen and Cash -- rather than a "wife and kids in....", I'd direct you to Nebraska...  Do you really believe Springsteen has some sort of jones for serial killers?

      Or listen to Delia's Gone (among countless others)... do you think the Man in Black is advocating killing your wife?

      I don't want to paint everyone with a broad brush - but I think most folks here can appreciate the distinctions between an artist and his or her art, but something "accessible" to most of us -- Springsteen or Johnny Cash -- makes it an easy task.   Someone like Eminem, where most of us (and I include myself in that group -- PE's Fear of a Black Planet, more than a decade ago, was the last rap album I purchased) have a tougher time with the medium, doesn't get the same benefit of the doubt.

      One can appreciate and enjoy the movie American Beauty without seeing it as a green light to start cruising the local high school for some action 10-15-20 years after the graduation.

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