On October 10, 2017, the BET Awards posted a freestyle rap video on YouTube that notorious rapper Marshall Bruce Mathers III, more commonly known as Eminem, rapped about President Donald Trump and his policies which received nearly 39 million views. Eminem used his freedom of speech to express his thoughts about Donald Trump regarding Trump’s action.
Eminem used his lyrical talent to get his opinion out to the world by creating a freestyle, acapella-like style rap to disrespect Donald Trump. In past songs that Eminem has written, he has been known to seem slightly aggressive using vulgar language, for example, in his songs “Mockingbird,” “Without Me” and “Stan.” All of Eminem’s aggression that we haven’t heard for a while returned expressing his personal opinions on Trump. In his freestyle he uses phrases that shows his opinions, “But we better give Obama props cause what we got in office now is a kamikaze that will probably cause a nuclear holocaust and while the drama pops and he waits for s**t to quiet down he’ll just gas his plane up and fly around till the bombing stops!”
Although we are able to express ourselves using freedom of speech, there have been concerns whether or not Eminem might have taken it too far with his expression.
Buena sophomore Emiliano DeLira said, “I liked what Eminem said about Trump. It doesn’t even matter the fact he was aggressive.” Senior Daniel Marquez said, “Eminem has the right to use his platform just like Trump is able to use Twitter to rant about the craziest things. For everyone saying Eminem is a racist, how can he be racist if his own producer and person who discovered him was black and he loved him to death? For example on his song, “I Need a Doctor”, he talks about how he needs Dr. Dre.” Senior Jonathan Navarro believes that “Eminem is a good kid. He did the right thing.” Many celebrities also enjoyed Eminem’s work. Ellen DeGeneres commented, “I ❤ @Eminem.” and Lebron James posted, “Racism is the only thing he’s Fantastic 4, cause that’s how he gets his rock off, he’s orange. Sheesh @Eminem!!”
For some people there was a liking of the freestyle but to an extent. Buena American Democracy teacher, Aaron Torres states, “Eminem is protected by the 1st amendment in his lyrics but I did not like when he said ‘f**k Trump and for those who support him f**k you too’ because it is bringing separation between people during times that we should all be together.”
In my opinion, Eminem’s overall performance was outstanding. The tone in his language was not meant to scare anyone but rather to show a greater meaning in his expression to let us feel how he feels.