The Real Slim Shady


During the George W. Bush administration, Kanye West claimed on national television that the president hated black people. How did the president and his White House respond to the accusation? They didn’t. They felt it best to take it on the chin and move on doing the business of government (whether they were doing it well or not). If Sir Mix-a-Lot had attacked Bush, I can’t imagine he would have responded with, “He’s lying, and he doesn’t like big butts plus, I heard he doesn’t appreciate a round thing in his face.” Of course, those were back in the good ole days when presidents were presidential.

There are rumors the toddlers in the Trump White House are working on a response to the harsh criticism rapper Eminem delivered Tuesday night on Donald Trump. I’m sure it’ll be brilliant since Trump did create the word “fake.” Perhaps Trump should instead attack Vanilla Ice because I think Eminem is out of his league.

Eminem is not the sort of artist whose work I’d purchase, but I do like a lot of his stuff (Check out the track “Stan.” It’s freaking brilliant). I recognize the man is a genius. He has an amazing skill with word placement, and only a genius is capable of freestyling the way he does. He’s spent his entire career attacking people in his music, usually over his personal issues. His victims have ranged from Fred Durst to Nsync to Moby, and even his ex-wife and own mother. On Tuesday night, he went after Trump.

Eminem free-styled in a video played at the BET Hip Hop Awards. In it, he accused Trump of racism, hypocrisy, disrespect of military veterans and much more in a nearly five-minute performance. He didn’t just attack Trump, he attacked Trump’s supporters.

He told Trump supporters who also like Slim Shady that they had to choose. He said if the decision was hard then he would make the decision for them, and he flipped them off. As someone who loses newspaper clients over complaints (and threats) from Trump sycophants, I can appreciate the smell-ya-later attitude.

Social media lit up over Eminem’s performance. It’s safe to say he’ll continue to have fans even after those who support Trump ditch him, though he broke up with them first.

If nothing else, they will always have Kid Rock. What do they know about talent anyway?

Creative note: I had fun with this but it was a LOT of work. I feel bad for my pal Karen who had to endure me bouncing rap lyrics off her. It took me several hours to even gear up to get into the zone to write this.

The rhymes here are actually to a beat I worked out on my guitar. You can create your own if you choose. I had to rewrite Eminem’s rap to fit this cartoon, though I did use his “racist grandpa” line. Funny thing, I included a reference to Putin and the 25th Amendment which might be the only two subjects Eminem didn’t bring up.

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