An Eminem rape lyric on Dr. Dre’s new album, Compton: A Soundtrack, has some fighting mad over the artist’s refusal to take women’s issues seriously in his music.
While the artist also known as Marshall Mathers once had the world at his feet in the late ’90s and early 2000s, he now appears to be facing a fiercer, more politically correct opposition.
Even some of his apologists are having a hard time defending the line in question, which comes on the song “Medicine Man.” Here’s what has people so riled up via Business Insider.
“Ain’t no one safe from, non-believers there ain’t none. I even make the b****es I rape c**.”
Not surprisingly, some of the rapper’s most vocal adversaries are either women or concerned with women’s issues.
Take Karen Ingala Smith, for instance. She is the chief executive of Nia Project and did not see the humor or talent in heaping further guilt on the female victims of sexual violence.
“Women and girls who have suffered sexual violence often blame themselves or question whether they were really raped. Peddling the lie that orgasm equals consent silences victims of sexual violence…. When we minimize, celebrate, glorify or condone men’s violence against women, we are amplifying the conditions in which it can occur.”
The Eminem rape comment also stirred quite a bit of anger on Twitter, where people often go to get angry. This time around, the superstar has given them reason, even though some admit to appreciating him as a talent.
How is eminem still making rape jokes in his verse though? You’re like my parents age, please grow up
— zach from alaska (@memejunction) August 7, 2015
As good as the line was…Eminem didn’t need to include that “rape” line especially as passionately as he said it…*sigh* but it was sick — Keith N. (@JusAire) August 7, 2015
— sjeel (@whatkindafukery) August 7, 2015
Nevertheless, there were still some holding out in support of the embattled superstar.
@whatkindafukery OMFG EMINEM HAS CONTROVERSIAL LYRICS IM GOING TO CRY ON THE INTERNET BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE HAS DONE THAT!
— Don’t tweet me stans (@Jewlz416) August 8, 2015
What do you think about the Eminem rape schtick in 2015? Is there a place for it? If you’re a fan, how do you justify the meaning behind it? Sound off in the comments section.