Rapper/ lyricist Marshall Mathers known professionally as Eminem was interviewed on the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes this past Sunday. During the interview journalist Anderson Cooper asked the rapper about his misogynist and homophobic lyrics and the media controversies surrounding the lyrics. Eminem's response was,“I felt like I was being singled out, and I felt like, is it the color of my skin?”
Eminem then went on to say, “There’s certain rappers that do and say the same things that I’m saying, and I don’t see no one saying anything about that.”
There's something to what Eminem says. The mainstream media has and continues to embrace rappers like 50 cent and Jay z despite their blatantly misogynistic and homophobic lyrics. And although the mainstream media mostly treats both 50 and Jay like idiot savants they continue to exult them. Jay Z was recently on the cover of Forbes magazine for instance.
But the mainstream media has never taken 50 nor Jay z to task for their hate lyrics the way Eminem was. Could it be that 50 and Jay z are referring or it's assumed they are referring to Black women and it's assumed that Eminem is referring to White women?
So while it's perfectly okay, in the opinion of the mainstream media, for 50 and Jay to disparage Black women they were not going to sit by and let Eminem do the same to White women. We all know that White women are historically the most protected group in America while Black women are the least. Then is it any wonder that there was a media dust-up over Eminem's perceived attack on White womanhood while Black rapper's attacks on Black women were just seen as normal?
I think Eminem was right. I do think he was attacked by the mainstream media because of Whiteness but not because of his. He was attacked because his misogyny was aimed at White women. And that is not acceptable in America.
Eminem should have known better. If he had attacked Black women the mainstream media wouldn't have said a single word about it.