If you know anything about Eminem, the headline to this article does not surprise you. But how long do we have to put up with his horrific, violently-misogynistic lyrics?
He recently rapped about raping Iggy Azalea, the record setter for longest run on the Hot 100 for a female rapper.
“Put that shit away Iggy. You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me / Scream! I love it. ‘Fore I get lost with the gettin’ off,'”
Iggy Azalea had a great response and put him in his place by calling him out on his grotesqueness and even took it a step further by also calling out society for its idolization of misogynistic attitudes.
It’s deplorable how Eminem has gotten away with promoting and glorifying misogyny and violence towards women in his songs over the years.
He recently threatened Lana Del Ray in a song by saying he would punch her in the face twice like Ray Rice abused his girlfriend.
And, of course, who could forget that famous song in which he talks about murdering his wife, Kim, and takes the listener, step by step, through the process of disposing of her body. Are you kidding me? I’m ashamed to admit I even listened to that song when I was younger. At the time, I was horrified but, after a while, came to accept it. Isn’t that terrifying? That is just proof how pervasive this kind of shit is: it gets under our skin as a people and manifests in real, and scary ways. Rape Culture anyone?
In a song with Redman, Eminem threatened Christina Aguillera by saying:
“Causin’ terror to Christina Aguilera / When I grab her by the hair and drag her across the Sahara.”
Not only does he promote misogyny to the extreme, his lyrics seek to bring empowered women like Iggy Azalea and Christina Agulairra down and take away their status as important musicians.
Another ‘gem’ of a lyric from Eminem is one in which he attacked every woman who menstruates by saying:
“Put Anthrax on a Tampax and slap you till you can’t stand.”
We’re talking about a rapper who has 97 million followers on Facebook, just to give you and idea of how many people are listening to him and taking his ideas into consideration. And he is just one of the many rappers and lyricists who have lyrics that promote intolerance toward all things female. Eminem is a serious glorifier of misogyny and we should not take it anymore.
Barnes, Tom. “Eminem Just Rapped About Raping Iggy Azalea — And She Responded in the Best Way Possible.” Mic.com. Nov 20, 2014. Web, Nov 22 2014. http://mic.com/articles/104722/eminem-just-rapped-about-raping-iggy-azalea-and-she-responded-in-the-best-way-possible?utm_source=nar.al&utm_medium=urlshortener&utm_campaign=FB