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Eminem Has Boy George’s Panties in a Bunch!
By Khalil Amani
For you young’uns who don’t know who Boy George is—he was a pop icon in the 80’s, a fearless singer who toyed with our sexuality with his androgynous (male/female) appearance. He was able to achieve greatness because his music was dope! No one (that I know of!) really cared if he was gay. Dude could sing! As the front-man for the Pop group Culture Club he belted out classic s/hits such as “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me,” “Time,” “Miss Me Blind” and “The Crying Game.” The hardest nigga could be caught walking down the street singing, “Karma, Karma, Karma Karma, Karma Chameeeleon!” Boy George was that dude-ette! (Youtube him!)
As of recent, Boy George has taken Eminem to task over dropping the “F-Bomb” (using the word “faggot”) in his rap lyrics on his new song, “Rap God.” He tweeted to Eminem, “Fag? Is this really recovery talk or are you running your own program these days?”
Supposedly Eminem responded with a litany of tweets, but upon closer examination, it wasn’t Eminem at all! It was one of his “Stans” with a fake Twitter page named @AnotherStan13 (In my "The Rock" voice, "It doesn't matter what his name is!")--with only 2,500 fans who, I suspect were bamboozled into following this pseudo “Eminem” off name recognition alone. The real Eminem is verified with 15 million-plus followers. It looks like Boy George got “Cat-fished”—‘cause he was going back and forth on Twitter with a nobody!
(Boy George's grown & sexy 2013 look)
But it gets better! I sent Boy George an old blog I’d written called, “Eminem: Definition of a Fag”—back when Em was attacking Justin Bieber, Lady GaGa, Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon and refusing to get into the fray when Rick Ross was lighting 50 Cent’s ass up with great music! Instead, Eminem refrained from soiling his trailer-park-trash-nouveau-riche-hands (his words) and let Fiddicent do his own bidding. (Not to forget Em’s lukewarm response to Benzino and not wanting to get-it-on with Canibus.) Anyhoo! I sent Boy George that blog and the guy BLOCKS me on Twitter!—I suppose because he didn’t take kindly to me using the word “faggot” without reading it in context. I mean, I really shitted on Em! LOL! But it’s all good! Being blocked means you've read what I said! Taking offense is your issue and my badge of honor.
See! I'm blocked like mofo! smh.
Like, Boy George has a problem with the F-Bomb in any context and then turns around and tweets, “Tonight bitches! Come in a cape and you get in free!” So homophobia is wrong, yet misogyny is okay? Calling women (and I suppose gay dudes) “bitches” is just term of endearment phraseology, but when a rapper says faggot in the context of weakness—a lyrical diss to a foe, he has to be homophobic and dissing all gay people? Boy George is hypocritical! Boy George is picking and choosing which negative words to assimilate into his vernacular! Whether we like it or not, these words have been flipped by society. Nigger became “nigga.” Faggot became “weak” and bitch became “(girl) friend.” (ex. “What up my nigga?” “Your faggot-ass can’t rap!” “I’m a bad-bitch!”) From racism, homophobia and misogyny these words were birthed. Take that shit up with society!
Emimen’s song, “Rap God” has Boy George’s panties in a bunch. Off the rip, this is a great song and an exercise in lyrical dexterity! Em’s 6-minute opus is well-written and the cadence and tempo at which he raps is unbelievable—from slow rapping quarter-notes to a 16th note rapid-fire frenzy. Only a few rappers have that kind of tongue wizardry. (Jay Z, Jaz-O, Busta Rhymes, Bone Thugs and Twista)
Yes! Eminem uses the F-Bomb and/or makes reference to homosexuality at least 10 times in “Rap God.” Personally, I think it’s a little gratuitous, bordering on a fixation, but hey, that’s Em. If there’s any criticism of Em’s wordplay, indeed, it’s his overuse of the gay motif. This is what has Boy George all tight around the mouf. He thinks Eminem is a homophobe, throwin' shots by tweeting, “Homophobia is a form of self-loathing”—evidently a stab at Em. The problem for Boy George is a problem that many gay heads (and some straight heads) have—the problem of context. And the same could be said for the white rapper using the N-word. Some black people don’t care, yet there are others who will have a white dude picking up his dental off the ground for using the N-word—even when contextually rapped as a “term of endearment.”
But Eminem is far from being the only rapper who drops F-Bombs! Tyler The Creator is notorious for F-Bombing (Have you heard his new ditty, “Tamale?”), yet one of his ace-boon-coons is none other than Frank Ocean, the newly out gay R&B crooner. Why isn’t Boy George monitoring and speaking out about other rappers use of the F-Bomb? Could it be that Boy George is of the mindset that a “white” voice is worthy of his condemnation, but those other homophobic black voices get no fucks? Boy George’s panties are knotted up over the gay thingy, but has nothing to say about Em’s physical abuse of women when he raps (on that same song) about sacrificing virgins and, “If I can’t batter the women, how the fuck am I supposed to bake them a cake?” (Wickedly genius!)
Boy George’s gay rights activism wreaks of selectivism. Being gay and all, it appears that he doesn’t hold women in high regard (by his usage of “bitch”), but gets all twisted when a rapper uses the F-Bomb. This ain’t Burger King! You can’t “have it your way!” You can’t cry homophobia while calling women bitches! You can’t cry homophobia when it comes to well-established Diamond record selling artists and stand mute when it comes to others who F-Bomb continuously, but are not as big as the “Eminems” of the world. Why? Because it appears that you’re speaking out and attaching your name to the biggest rap celebrity voice of the day to keep yourself relevant. (Do you have new album about to drop or somethin’?)
Is Emimen homophobic? I doubt it! (You don’t perform with the [gay] Queen Elton John for millions of people and still have an aversion to gay people! I’m jus’ sayin’!) Eminem does this stuff for shock value and shits & giggles and “Rap God” is another example of how Em has us talking and name-calling. Eminem is no mere “king” (of the rap genre). That’s reserved for self-proclaimed mortals like Kendrick Lamar. Indeed! Eminem is a rap deity (god). Respect to Boy George (even though you blocked my ass!), but if Sir Elton is good with Em… unruffle your panties and leave the kid alone. That’s all I have to say about that!
Khalil Amani is a blogger for AllHipHop. He also writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Amani also writes for Hoodgrown, Maybach and Sext Magazines. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at http://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12 Khalilamani@yahoo.com