Monday, June 14, 2010

Dear Eminem, I love you. Please get help.

The Slim Shady LP came out in '99.

I was 20 and invincible. I laughed through generic misogyny and tittered when I heard Bonnie and Clyde - a song about Eminem killing his estranged wife and taking his baby with him when disposing of the body. The song is a disturbing mix of anger at the corpses of his ex-wife and her boyfriend while stopping to reassure the baby that everything will be ok.

I'm 31 now and have been unfortunate enough to realize my body isn't invincible.

Of course I realize most rap is entertainment. If rappers really lived those lifestyles they would all be dead before reaching a red carpet. Eminem is different though. His music has always felt raw, his real controversies have always stemmed from things he's sang about. When he talks about murder and suicide I listen with different ears.

That's why I was so very sad to hear his new song with Rihanna - "Love The Way You Lie." Ignoring the eeriness of Rihanna's prior physical abuse, this song hurts me. Eminem may be off drugs and he may be newly focused on his music but he's still so very angry at his ex-wife.

I worry we'll hear of his suicide soon unless he learns to let that go.


Angela said...

I love Eminem as well. He's a guilty pleasure.