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Masterful critique of Eminem's middle finger tribute to @realDonaldTrump

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/the-day-eminems-mid...

Alright, here's teaser, and he's just warming up.

The performance was perhaps the most prominent instance of a white celebrity defending the NFL players protesting the killing of African Americans by police officers.

And the flagrant disrespect the entertainer showed for the president felt like karma, and not just because Trump has called the protesting NFL players sons of bitches. Recall that during last year’s Republican primary, Trump was able to excel in part by taking advantage of the fact that he had no respectability to maintain, no sense of shame or decency to limit him, and no reputation for good character to lose.

None of the other candidates could pull off bragging about their penis size on stage, insulting a rival’s wife, or appending juvenile nicknames to competing pols. The Access Hollywood tape would’ve sunk any other candidate. But why would it lower anyone’s opinion of a man who gave a radio host permission to call his daughter “a piece of ass”?

To fight Trump as Trump fought would have required a Jeb Bush or John Kasich or Marco Rubio to embarrass their mothers, spouses, and kids, to sully their souls and their respectability.

Eminem is not similarly constrained.

In case you missed it.

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TheOtherMaven's picture

it's all over the Web. Look for "Eminem vulgar takedown".

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

dkmich's picture

@TheOtherMaven
I was totally surprised by the article.

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Big Al's picture

Will be interesting to see if Trump takes the bait. He'd be a bigger fool than he already is if he does, but I bet he can't resist a tweet back at Eminem. I hope he does, do it.
Problem is of course, Eminem praised Obama and McCain, and made it a point to say "we love our military and our country", indicating the almost complete conformity that exists in our society.
If we could only channel that anger in the right direction.

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@Big Al I did watch it, for kicks, and did immediately notice that. Yes, channeled in the right direction would be better, not just Rump, ALL of them.

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Big Al's picture

@lizzyh7 But too many of those who are incensed with Trump would have accepted Clinton and approved of Obama. That just isn't going to cut it. As much as I hate Trump, it can't be about Trump, that's not going to solve the problem and we know it.
In fact, the more people like Eminem and the pro athletes give in the illusions and make it about Trump, the more it cements those illusions into the heads of people, particularly younger people.

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@Big Al @lizzyh7 a co-worker was watching that yesterday, so admittedly I was only over-hearing it, but the whole thing sounded more than a little McResistance to me. Taking down Trump doesn't take guts. Taking down the system that gave us Trump does.

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@Big Al

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“Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” ~ Sun Tzu

@k9disc That was also another thought when I watched it, fix that man, you could hit much harder. Not like I'm a huge fan, but still. He can do better.

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@k9disc but he should do a new version and include the Clintons, Obama and Trump as well as Bush that would be really strong.

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snoopydawg's picture

The best comment that rebuts what Trump supporters are saying about how the people on the left put Eminem up to this:

Hollywood fired Weinstein and turned him into a pariah overnight. Deplorables made their sexual predator POTUS.

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@Eagles92

It is about the article in the Atlantic. One thing about Caitlin, she gives slack to no one. Wonder if anyone meets her standards. Another one just like her is Debbie, the Insane Progressive.

Sometimes people have to quit complaining about their allies and go to war with the weapons they’ve got or something like that.

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@Eagles92 27 years ago this was mainstream rap. Funny that all it took Eminem doing his typical angry Eminem thing with McResistance talking points to assuage your doubts:

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Wait, a rapper tears into Trump and a writer wonders what will happen if a rapper is then somehow held responsible for civic values because criticizing an idiot is 'taking the high moral ground' and which also means that he 'has to be a good role model'?

Somebody needs to explain to a chunk of Affluent America that fame and an ability in one area does not automatically make them 'a leader' for 'the sheep' to follow... or mean that artists 'have to be good role models'. Meritocracy is madness...

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@Ellen North @Ellen North

Eminem has been consistently criticized by Michigan media for not being a good role model while Kid Rock, a big opportunist and Trump fan, is “raucous”.

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@dkmich

Lol, 'cause artists need to be conformist, right? Especially rappers, and especially whenever they wax political.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

Deja's picture

He rapped really slowly too lmfao!

It was odd at first, because it was sooo slow, but then I got it.

He haaaad toooo slowww it down for Trump! Lol

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Deja's picture

Thank you so much for reminding me about this. Saw part of it this morning.

Here's another link that might be of interest, as it supposedly disects his lyrics (snort).

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41579570

And now, for your non-topic, but artist-related exposure, Slim Shady:

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