Sad Songs Are Nature's Onions

"For the sickness, that be spreadin with the quickness Remedies, cousin I be doin on my enemies Penalty, then I drink forties to they memories" - "Release Yo' Delf" by Method Man

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Clash Of The Titans: Eminem VS. MJ

So it looks like The King Of Pop/Publicity wants to lay the smack down on The King Of Hip Hop/Grade 7 Insults. The sticky wicket is Eminem's portrayal of Michael in his new video, "Just Lose It". While the video does mock other pop culture icons as well, the focus (of the video, anyway) is defintely Michael (his face, his legal troubles, even the infamous "Hair On Fire" incident back in 1984). I've seen the video, and it is basically a satirical boot in the nether-region to Michael, but I don't really see why Michael is trying to get this banned. I mean, Eminem's video is not saying anything that every comedian and late-night talk show host has been saying for, well, I don't know, 15 years or so, give or take. You would think that by now this sort of thing would slide right off Michael's back. The only thing MJ's public outrage over the video is going to accomplish is to further cement Eminem's reputation as "The Most Controversial White Boy In America". I mean, come on now, is this video going to change anybody's opinion on Michael Jackson? Are there any music fans out there who are going to say to themselves, "You know, I have a lot of respect for Michael and think he gets a raw deal in the press, but since Eminem apparently thinks he's a child molesting wacko, I'm starting to see things differently?" Everybody knows that it was only a matter of time before Debbie Mathers' little boy ran out of celebrities to trash and got around to Michael. This is Eminem's bread and butter. If Michael would have shut his mouth and not said anything about the video, the whole thing would eventually be nothing more than a tiny footnote in pop music history. If anything, more people are going to watch the video now, just to see what all of the fuss is about. Ah well, just another chapter in the lives of two pop stars who will ultimately be remembered more for their personal eccentricities and tabloid headlines, rather than their music. Besides, everybody knows that feuds involving Eminem and/or Michael Jackson are old and busted. The new hotness is the feud between Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff. Now this is a Celebrity Boxing match that is just begging to be made...


  • At 11:14 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The only reason Michael decided to pick this particular battle is because he didn’t catch his “cameo” in Scary Movie in time - otherwise, that would have been the first thing he would have cracked down on, and I don’t blame him. It’s one thing to make fun of his appearance, his Peter Pan complex, his penchant for buying expensive urns; but it’s another to just assume he’s guilty before he’s been properly tried. This trivializes the issue of child molestation for everyone involved in the case. Let the guy have his day in court first before you make fun of him on this particular issue, at least.

    Treating someone with respect/innocent until proven guilty: I know it’s a novel concept for a lot of you ‘droids.


    Do you even need to ask who I am?


  • At 11:36 a.m., Blogger iaingillis said…

    What took you so long? :)

    My question is why would Michael wait until now to get all in a huff over this, when all of the jokes and inferences Eminem made in his video have already been made a billion times over? I guess it makes sense, seeing as how Eminem is a pretty easy target. Half of America hates the guy already. Obviously Michael's people haven't gotten the memo I sent them (RE: The less publicity Michael gets, the better.)

    For the record, I think that the video is dumb as hell and I understand why it would upset Jackson. What I don't understand is how he thinks that making a big deal out of it and trying to get the video banned is going to help him or his public image in any way.

    Now, if Michael makes a rebuttal video, where he, like, moonwalks over Eminem's desiccated corpse or some shit, then that might work...

  • At 1:13 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The reason he decided to start standing up for himself now is probably because he knew that [sadly] an Eminem video would likely reach more people in the U.S. than stand-up comedians, the tabloids, and CNN combined.

    Also, he has more connections in the music industry. For some reason.

  • At 1:30 p.m., Blogger iaingillis said…

    Just wait till my video comes out...

    Seriously, this is probably just what Eminem and his cronies were banking on all along. I doubt that Michael's outrage is going to hurt Em's record sales too much. I doubt that BET banning of the video is going to hurt Eminem all that much. Shit, was Eminem getting much play on BET anyways?

  • At 12:34 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When he's done getting the video banned, there are a few bells he should un-ring, just for the sake of completeness.



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