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Eminem Vs the World
Eminem in general
Member Name: shinysuitman
Eminem in general
Date: 26/10/01, updated on 26/10/01 (89 review reads)
Advantages: Tells it like it is
Disadvantages: Sometimes can be disturbing
Eminem=controversy. I could start and finish with that. That is my equation for this man. Love him or hate him, can you honestly say you haven't been influenced by him? Can you say his name has never come up in a conversation? Can you honestly say you have never been slightly interested in his dark world, which he portrays through twisted lyrics and profanity? I'm not sure if anyone in the Western world today can answer no to all three questions. Eminem is undoubtedly one of the most successful musicians ever.
My personal feelings towards Eminem are mixed, I think lyrically he is a genius. I do not condone his choice of lyrics, his anti-female, homophobic feelings which spews out in fits of anger and rage in his songs. Listening to one of his albums all the way through is like witnessing a horror film through your sound system. Is that a bad thing? Thousands of young people enjoy his music and idolise him. Is that a bad thing? Many would argue yes, the way Eminem raps in his songs could be interpreted by innocent ears as a personal message and influence them to things they don't know is wrong.
Many people would argue the point that Eminem is an evil man, but is he? Could he just be using these popular, hateful lyrics to appeal to people who have pent up frustrations and are looking for something to vent there anger on. It could be a ingenius ploy to make money. This however would make Eminem morally corupt though, would it not? I don't think many people could argue that Marshall Mathers is a genuinely nice person, as the way he is perceived is directly linked to how he acts on a C.D.
Most parents and preachers alike hate Eminem, but why? Are they worried that this blonde, swearing 'bad boy' icon, can eradicate all of an impressionable childs or persons personal morality and blur the line between right and wrong. Is their faith in their offspring so weak, that a man on T.V they see for four minutes could make more o
f an impact on them than years of thoughtful advice from the parents or guardians.
As children reach adolesence they more often than not, get excited by rebellious antics which are so frequently exploited by people like Eminem. So should all this criticism and controversy lie firmly on Eminems shoulders?
Thus far I have only asked questions and given possible answers, and this is supposed to be an opinion. So here it is:
I believe that if people allow themselves to be influenced by Eminem or other such people, surely it is them and not Eminem who we should be worrying about. I will conclude with a quote I take from Jim Carrey when he introduced Eminem at the Video Music Awards:
"Yeh Eminem scares me, he does, I think his lyrics are totally anti-social and immoral, but I think if we all spend a little more time with our kids, we'll be ok!"