Before we even begin, let it be known that I DO NOT LIKE Eminem, but it’s simply because I don’t like his style of rap…I long for the days of Public Enemy…
Now here’s the question. Amongst the bruhaha of the Grammy appearance of Eminem despite protests from GLAAD and NOW, I wondered why we don’t assign musicians and lyricists the same creative and poetic freedom that actors or authors receive?
When I see Anthony Hopkins playing Hannibal Lecter, I say, “WOW, what a great portrayal of a fucked up character”. I don’t actually think that Anthony Hopkins stands for or is representing his love of murdering and eating people.
Stephen King has written several stories from the point of view of someone who is evil, murderous, abusive, crude and generally icky…it doesn’t mean that HE IS ICKY, it means that the character is.
So when bands or rappers like Eminem sing about murder, or rape, or abuse or demeaning women, why do we not accept that it’s a character these song writers and performers are portraying?
There is evil in the world. There ARE people who are fucked up. Some people act it out on stage, some people write it in books and some people sing about it.
So Anthony Hopkins gets Oscar Nominations for convincing us he’s real enough to be perceived as a murderer, and Eminem gets protests. Why?