May 31, 2000 02:47am
GLAAD Takes Aim at "Marshall Mathers"
by: Andrew Dansby
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a release criticizing lyrics that appear in Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP. According to GLAAD, the album's "explicit lyrics" warning is insufficient and an "understatement."
"Eminem's lyrics are soaked with violence and full of negative comments about many groups, including lesbians and gay men," the GLAAD Alert reads. "While Eminem certainly has the freedom of speech to rap whatever he wants, it is irresponsible for UNI/Interscope Records as a company to produce and promote such defamatory material that encourages violence and hatred. This is especially negligent when considering the market for this music has been shown to be adolescent males, the very group that statistically commits the most hate crimes."
GLAAD called upon Interscope and Eminem to be more responsible for the music that they produce, claiming that "such disregard for others can lead to discrimination, physical abuse and even death."
Interscope Records had not returned phone calls by press time.