Rapper Eminem won widespread acclaim from the mainstream media and Hollywood this week after he delivered a rap cipher (pre-written rap usually delivered absent instrumentation) Tuesday at the BET Hip Hop Awards in which he derided President Donald Trump as a “racist 94-year-old grandpa” whom all Americans hate.
Some in the conservative media took umbrage with their praise, however, citing Eminem’s history of singing offensive lyrics.
On the track “Medicine Man,” which was featured on fellow rapper Dr. Dre’s 2015 album Compton, Eminem went so far as to suggest he rapes women, singing, “Ain’t no one safe from, non-believers there ain’t none, I even make the b****s I rape c-m.”
On the track “Kill You” from Eminem’s 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP, he spoke openly of wanting to kill a woman he identified only as “sl*t.”
“Sl*t, you think I won’t choke no w**re ’til the vocal cords don’t work in her throat no more?” he sang. “These motherf*****s are thinkin’ I’m playin’, thinkin’ I’m sayin’ the s**t ‘cause I’m thinkin’ it just to be sayin’ it. Put your hands down, b****, I ain’t gon’ shoot you, I’ma pull you to this bullet and put it through you.”
And on the track “Guilty Conscience” from his 1999 album The Slim Shady LP, Eminem seemingly encouraged men to kill their partner if they caught them being unfaithful.
“You just caught this b***h cheatin’, while you at work she’s with some dude tryin’ to get off,” he said. “F**k slittin’ her throat, cut this b*****s head off.”
Despite these lyrics, the media lavished Eminem with praise, with CNN describing his performance as “perhaps the fiercest and the most exhaustive attack against Donald Trump in hip-hop,” and The Huffington Post congratulating him for “standing up to President Donald Trump.”
Various Hollywood figures also joined the chorus:
After 27 years of doubts about rap I am now an @Eminem fan.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 11, 2017
I ❤️ @Eminem.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 11, 2017
Whoa. Rap God. @Eminem thank you. Potentttt
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) October 11, 2017
Writing Wednesday for the Washington Examiner, columnist Philip Wegmann took aim at this praise, using it to buoy a wider argument about liberal hypocrisy.
“The Left doesn’t get to lecture about the president’s ‘locker room talk‘ then turn around and praise a rapper who wants to punch out Lana Del Rey, rape Iggy Azalea, and rip Pamela Anderson’s ‘t–s off,’” he wrote.
“They can’t clutch their pearls at Trump then praise a man who raps about stuffing dead hookers into car trunks,” he added. “It doesn’t work that way.”