These days, politics is infused into entertainment — no matter where you go. Even worse, the political messages always seems to slant in one direction.Want to watch an NFL game? Players are protesting the flag. Maybe some late night comedy? Every host will read you the latest liberal talking points. How about a Hollywood awards show? Good luck with that.
Since Trump took office, the problem has only gotten worse. Every actor and musician on the planet has an opinion on Trump, and it’s invariably negative. With the BET Hip Hop awards airing Tuesday, you knew the entire thing was going to be a Trump bash fest. However, Eminem took things a step further.
From the New York Times:
The rapper Eminem struck out at President Trump in a video that played at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, accusing the president of racism, hypocrisy, disrespect of military veterans and more in almost five minutes of furious freestyle rap.
While accusing Trump of racism is predictable, the bit about disrespecting the military is especially tone deaf, as Trump has been a strong advocate for veterans since long before the election. If Eminem cares about disrespecting the military, will his next rap video take NFL players to task?
Something tells me no. In fact, Eminem offers praise for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaeprernick:
The video, titled “The Storm,” was filmed in Detroit as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ traditional cyphers, in which rappers typically aim to deliver showy verses in a group setting. In his solo appearance, Eminem, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap, name-drops Colin Kaepernick (“This is for Colin/ball up a fist”), Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Stephen K. Bannon. He appears to reference Senator John McCain (“Unless you’re a P.O.W. who’s tortured and battered/’cause to him you’re zeroes/’cause he don’t like his war heroes captured.”)
Here’s the video, if you can bear it:
(STRONG WARNING: Contains profanity.)
This isn’t the first time Eminem has ripped into Trump. At recent concerts in Europe, the rapper went on a vulgar tirade in front of the international audience.Interestingly enough, celebrities like Eminem have little impact on the voting public. Despite their overwhelming support of Hillary Clinton, Trump was able to best her in the election.
For the most part, voters don’t really care much for what Eminem thinks. Thankfully, that’s unlikely to change.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]