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Critics Accuse Rapper of Making Light of Megan Thee Stallion Shooting

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Eminem's "Houdini" Lyrics Spark Controversy

Eminem's new single, "Houdini," has sparked controversy online due to lyrics referencing the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion by Tory Lanez. In the song, Eminem raps, "If I was to ask for Megan Thee Stallion if she would collab with me/Would I really have a shot at a feat?"

Many social media users criticized Eminem for making light of gender violence and targeting a Black woman in his lyrics. Some users pointed out that the release of the song coincides with Black Music Month, making the timing even more insensitive.

"Being 51 years old and taking shots at Megan Thee Stallion? Out of touch," one user wrote on X.

Another user condemned the line, noting, "Is it too much to ask that as we enter Black music month in a few days that folks not allow Eminem to make light of Megan, a BW who was a victim of gun violence, to be targeted in a song by a white rapper? Folks are too comfortable disrespecting Black women."

However, some users defended Eminem, arguing that his lyrics are consistent with his long-standing style of provocative humor.

"If you're offended by the Megan thee Stallion line in Eminem's #Houdini, you clearly don't understand/know who Slim Shady is — the whole purpose is that he makes fun of everybody. It ain't that deep and it's a good line. This isn't a diss," one person wrote on X.

Another user chalked the shooting reference up to Eminem's playful use of words, writing, "why do people think Eminem was trying to start beef with Megan Thee Stallion … it was just some s—-- wordplay lmao."

Neither Megan Thee Stallion nor Eminem have publicly addressed the controversy. The Megan Thee Stallion shooting has been the subject of rap lyrics from other musicians like Drake and Nicki Minaj, and has also spurred nationwide conversations about gender violence against Black women.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09