Ending Eminem

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The MC, Eminem, who was popular in the early 2000s has recently been under fire for “supporting” domestic abuse, toxicity, and violence through his song lyrics. He is the latest icon who Gen Z has tried to “cancel” (Photo credit to Agnese, Photo courtesy of Madison Crumpton).

Despite generational differences regarding the opinion of Eminem, he has paved the way for many artists (Photo credit to shadyteam, Photo courtesy of Madison Crumpton).

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? Marshall Mathers, more commonly known as Eminem, was an iconic 2000s rapper. Nearly two decades ago, he was idolized for his unconcerned lyrics and style. Today, he is being canceled for it. “Eminem has always been controversial. He tends to point out flaws in society and terrible situations to pass a message, “ said junior Tyler Nichols. 

Some of his most well-known songs include “Love The Way You Lie”, “Lose Yourself”, and “Stan”. Many of those same popular songs have recently caused a stir with Generation Z. His newest album, in particular, has been under intense scrutiny. Tik Tok wants to “cancel” Eminem for his abusive, explicit, and toxic lyrics.  

“I don’t think that millennials are necessarily denying Em’s toxicity, I think that they are just better at not taking things to heart and being offended so easily unlike the younger generations,” said junior Bryson Miller. 

However, Millenials are not having it. Eminem has spoken in many interviews throughout the years, reflecting on how his words and slang are just “lyrics” with no real meaning behind them. Gen Z seems to not care and associates these lyrics with his demeanor and what he supports and advocates. Millennials are fighting back – noting how almost, if not all, popular rappers and singers of today reference sex, drugs, rape, abuse, and violence. None of which, Gen Z are trying to cancel. 

“People just need to stop being so sensitive. It only will hurt your feelings if you let it,” said Anonymous.

For example, “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion has been turned into a song about “female empowerment” and “body positivity”. In reality, this song is anything but that. Just about any Gen Z kid can dance and sing to this song that is filled to the brim with vulgar and explicit lyrics. However, if anyone dares to enjoy an Eminem song filled to the brim with the same type of vulgar and explicit lyrics- it is a problem. “WAP” was even recently performed at the Grammys. How can society be so hypocritical?

“I 100% think that Gen Z is being hypocritical with their search for lyrical reform. They say that Eminem is using abusive language while they listen to songs like ‘WAP’ and ‘Party Girl’,” added Nichols. 

What Lana Del Rey song doesn’t talk about toxic relationships? Name a Red Hot Chili Pepper song that doesn’t talk about drugs? Has anyone ever heard a song by Da Baby that doesn’t talk about violence or women? As a society, we should not be able to pick and choose when something is a problem. Everyone must be held accountable, if not, then it is not something to “cancel” people over. 

“I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Eminem’s lyrics alone have changed today’s youth as a whole, but rap today definitely does have an influence… [B]ut there are countless others that are doing the same thing, so why target just one individual?,” added Miller. 

Eminem responded to the backlash he was receiving by dropping the song “Tone Deaf”. He ends the song with this, “I won’t stop even when my hair turns grey, ‘Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me”. Eminem is basically saying he doesn’t care. Whether it be Eminem, Adele, Drake, or anyone else, we, as a society, must hold everyone to the same standards. It is hypocritical to pick and choose when song lyrics bother us and when we can warp the same kind of songs into a different category altogether. Eminem has chosen which lyrics he feels are important enough to produce in his work and as a society, we need to accept him and not try to tear him down.