Eminem has been accused of denigrating victims of sexual violence, following the release of Dr Dre’s new album Compton, which features a controversial lyric by him.
During Eminem’s verse on the track Medicine Man, he says: “Ain’t no one safe from, non-believers there ain’t none/I even make the bitches I rape cum.”
Karen Ingala Smith, chief executive of the London-based charity Nia Project, which supports women and girls who have experienced men’s violence, said that Eminem had parroted a line designed to disempower victims of sexual violence.
She said: “Women and girls who have suffered sexual violence often blame themselves or question whether they were really raped. Peddling the lie that orgasm equals consent silences victims of sexual violence. When we minimise, celebrate, glorify or condone men’s violence against women, we are amplifying the conditions in which it can occur. Lyrics like these contribute to a conducive context for sexual violence.”
Eminem was also widely lambasted for the lyrics on social media. One Twitter user wrote: “I love Eminem, but that rape line in Medicine Man made me cringe. Damn, Em you gotta get better than this.
Another said: “As good as the line was … Eminem didn’t need to include that ‘rape’ line especially as passionately as he said it.”
A lot of websites came out with headlines like “Eminem, 43, Still A Prick” and “Some Things Will Never Change, Eminem Remains Retard”
[Via The Guardian]