Now that reviewers have gotten their hands on Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP Two, he's once again defending himself against charges of homophobia.

Slim uses the six-letter F-word and the term "gay-looking" in the single "Rap God," which has prompted predictable criticism. But he insists that he doesn't mean it to be derogatory. Em tells Rolling Stone, "When I came up battle-rappin' or whatever, I never really equated those words . . . It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or [a-hole]... It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people... But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, trans-gender, at all. I'm glad we live in a time where it's really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves."

Eminem has been facing similar criticism since he put out the original Marshall Mathers LP in 2000.

MY 2 CENTS:

  • Slim needs to learn that what he actually believes is irrelevant -- it's about how he makes people feel. And gay people are going to be offended.
  • Maybe Elton John will chime in.
  • Em has always known how to get a rise out of people. 
  • Maybe he can just lip-synch the f-word.