Eminem slams Donald Trump again in new interview with Elton John
Back in October, Eminem caused a bit of a stir by performing a four-minute piece explicitly slamming Donald Trump for all the errors he has made as president during his first year. 'The Storm', which was shown at the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards, alluded to his attacks on the NFL and his "extravagant trips back and forth ... to his golf resorts".
The musician, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, had previously thrown shade at Trump through two other performances: a nine-minute freestyle called Campaign Speech, and with Big Sean in No Favors.
After his performance at the BET Awards, Eminem offered his fans an ultimatum: "And any fan of mine who's a supporter of his, I'm drawing in the sand a line, 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 it for you with this. F**k you."
Now, in an interview with the legendary performer, Elton John, the 45-year-old rapper shared his thoughts on the president once again. The pair are old friends, and spoke about everything from drugs to their latest musical ventures - but the topic of politics came up quite frequently.
Speaking about his choice to perform The Storm in October, Eminem said:
"It was about having the right to stand up to oppression. I mean, that's exactly what the people in the military and the people who have given their lives for this country have fought for—for everybody to have a voice and to protest injustices and speak out against sh*t that's wrong."
"It needed to be said," John concurred. "I’ve been coming to America since 1970, and it’s like my second home, but I’ve never felt such a divided country, ever. I didn’t think it would get to this point, and it breaks my heart."
The rapper went on:
"We're not trying to disrespect the military, we're not trying to disrespect the flag, we're not trying to disrespect our country."
"But sh*t is going on that we want to make you aware of. We have a president who does not care about everybody in our country; he is not the president for all of us, he is the president for some of us. He knows what he's doing."
Mathers also referenced his support for the military frequently in The Storm - especially in the context of Colin Kaepernick's peaceful NFL protests, which Trump famously condemned.
"Now if you're a black athlete you're a spoiled brat for/ Trying to use your platform or your stature/ ... That's not disrespecting the military/ F**k that, this is for Colin, ball up a fist!"
Despite his contempt for the president, however, Eminem is still proud to call himself an American:
"As long as he's got his base, he does not give a fuck about anybody else in America. But guess what? There's more of us than there are of them. I still feel like America is the greatest country to live in. This is my opinion. But we have issues that we need to work on and we need to do better."
The debate rages on.