Six minutes of self-adoration, the song sees Eminem bragging about his ability to “break a motherfucker’s table over the back of a couple faggots and crack it in half,” and that’s just in the first verse. In the second verse, the rapper is spewing lines like: “Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy/You witnessing massacre like you watching a church gathering taking place-looking boy / ’Oy vey, that boy’s gay,’ that’s all they say looking-boy / You take a thumbs up, pat on the back, the way you go from your label every day-looking boy.”
The track is burning up the charts, but as The Week’s Scott Meslow points out, no one’s really complaining about his continued homophobia:
The song is bad enough — but even more disheartening has been the way that so many websites have praised Eminem’s rapping on “Rap God” while ignoring the song’s problematic lyrics entirely.Time called the single “divine.” Rolling Stone analyzed the song’s influences without commenting on its content. MTV News took the time to collect Eminem’s array of pop-cultural references without noting his homophobia.
Worst of all is Just Jared, which took the time to painstakingly transcribe the six-minute song’s lyrics — and took the coward’s way out by writing “[?]” over every homophobic lyric in the song, as if they suddenly couldn’t hear his crystal-clear vocals whenever he said something offensive.
As disgusting as the song is, it’s almost worse how played out he’s become—treading the same territory he has since 2001. His upcoming album’s even called The Marshall Mathers LP 2, as if Em is physically unable to be original at this point.
Dido, girl, if Eminem calls you just hang up.
h/t: Gay Star News