Eminem has cultivated and earned a reputation for his controversial lyrics. They have been called out for being sexist, violent, homophobic and racist. However, he remains an extremely popular artist. Why is Eminem's racism given a 'pass' by his listeners? And how does this relate to societal attitudes to racism?
White people like political rap when its done by white people
As long as the status quo isn't challenged too much then political rap is A okay
Most of Eminem's listeners are white suburban teenagers.
Most of Eminem's listeners are white. This may suggest that Eminem's rap is more palatable to white listeners and they feel more comfortable with it than black people's rap. Maybe black people's rap challenges their privilege too much.Explore
Americans will let white people get away with more
Eminem targets women in many tracks
A lot of Eminem's tracks are verbally aggressive and violent - targeted at women who have angered him. Many people think black men would have a harder time getting away with this.Explore
Eminem is a product of institutional racism
A lot of Eminem's lyrics are racist.
Lyrics disrespecting black women
Eminem has apologized for lyrics which target and negatively stereotype black womenExplore
Eminem is a scapegoat for societal racism
Racism has been part of American society since long before Eminem was born. He is an easy scapegoat because his music is offensive.
History of racism in America
Ever since slaves were shipped from Africa to America, America has struggled with racism in society.Explore
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