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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Disunited State of America



I can't really understand half of what this guy says. To be fair, that's probably true for all his other works, though I won't know, for I rarely paid attention to them (not my kind of music).

But anyone of my generation, even the ones not much into Rap, will recognize his name as iconic.

I once remarked on this blog: "The last two weeks of the news cycle have been spinning ever so fast about Trump 'scandals', I wonder how are people of different opinions interacting. Or am I the only one being unfriended?"

Even though the divide seen since his election is pretty obvious, and Eminem doing a rap calling all sorts of names is unremarkable, I believe he still set a new bar, one I consider symbolic of our times:

- "Any fan of mine who's a supporter of his, You're either for or against. And if you can't decide who you like more and you're split, On who you should stand beside, I'll do it for you with this", followed by expletives.

So his main fury is directed not at Trump, but to any Trump voter who may also appreciate his own work. He unfriended them all.

OK, I get he hates Trump, but to risk setting a pile of money on fire to show for that?


15 comments:

Bret said...

Well, I'm not sure this bit of rap and unfriending a few folks will make him any poorer, but my experience is that as soon as people have a certain level of material well-being, ideology becomes more important than money and the ideology of being anti-trump for whatever reason is one of the ideologies that has the most fervent adherents I've ever seen.

I'm visiting my mom in upstate New York right now and the anti-trumpiness here is impressively strong.

Clovis e Adri said...

Actually, Bret, Eminem's fans comprise many lower middle class white people in Red states, which also makes up for a big part of Trump's basis.

erp said...

Bret, upstate NY is more likely to be Republican, so is the anti-Trumpiness from the left or the right?

Peter said...

A recent poll asked whether people would feel uncomfortable hiring someone of a different race, gender, religion or political persuasion. The latter far outpolled the first three. So it seems racism, sexism and bigotry are on the decline, but hate is still doing very well.

erp said...

Peter:

What does hate have to do with it? If someone is of a political persuasion that wants to destroy our way of life, why isn't it sensible not want him or her in one's employ?

erp said...

Not that I believe pollsters after their spectacular fail last November.

Peter said...

If you believe he or she wants to destroy your way of life, erp, why would you even want to share a country with them?

erp said...

... because it's my country and well worth preserving. Why would I give it over the lefties who want to turn us into a banana republic ala Venezuela, the latest example, among many others, of the genre.

erp said...

An excellent example of the kind of people I don't want hire or vote into power.

Clovis e Adri said...

Peter,

Glad to have you back.

Maybe there is a law of conservation of evil in nature - if you can't apply it to gender, race or religion anymore, another goat needs to bleed.

Peter said...

Indeed, Clovis.

Bret said...

erp wrote: "Bret, upstate NY is more likely to be Republican, so is the anti-Trumpiness from the left or the right?"

Left. My mother's boyfriend is very Left wing.

Bret said...

Peter,

Funny how the poem about an angry man has a picture of an angry woman.

erp said...

Bret, the picture may well be of a man who is trapped in a woman's body. Sheesh, try to keep up please.

Peter said...

LOL, erp. Well-played.