Published Nov 08, 2013Following the release of Eminem's highly anticipated The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the rapper has come under fire for using homophobic language in his verses. While he's attempted to defend himself, many are still upset by the word choice.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Eminem said, "It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole.... And, not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career — man, I say so much shit that's tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all."
Performer Sia, who collaborated with Em on the album's "Beautiful Pain," identifies as queer, and doesn't take the allegations of homophobia lightly. As such, she released a brief statement that says, "I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist. I would never work with someone I believed to be homophobic."
To respond to the disconnect, Sia has announced plans to donate all royalties from her Eminem collaboration to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.