Tuesday, May 21, 2002

OKAY, LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT: Raping lesbians because they won't sleep with you? Fine. Drugging underage girls? Dandy. Slapping about your ex's current squeeze? Everyone does it. And, hey, we're only teasing about this, aren't we? Eminem doesn't worry about rules, does he? It's all up for grabs, all a bit of a jape.
That is, of course, unless you're having your fun at his expense. Then he gets mighty cross. For, whatever anti-social behaviour Marshall sings about, there's nothing that gets him crosser than someone uploading his music onto the net. Then, he gets pissed:
"I think that shit is fucking bullshit. Whoever put my shit on the Internet, I want to meet that motherfucker and beat the shit out of him, because I picture this scrawny little dickhead going ‘I got Eminem's new CD! I got Eminem's new CD! I'm going to put it on the Internet.' I think that anybody who tries to make excuses for that shit is a fucking bitch."
Well, at the risk of being Eminem's bitch - hmm, now there is a thought - can we just point out again that part of the problem surely was the record company's ridiculous prounouncements about how secure the new release was? Of course that was going to sound like a challenge to the internet - because not only was there the usual "upload, upload" impulse, but in addition, the whole thing took on a James Bond dimension. Plus, of course, once the security had been cracked, there was a whole story there - "New album leaked onto web" isn't news, but "Impossible to leak album leaks" is a hell of a tale. And other excuses? Allows people to try before they buy, creates a buzz, usw. Plus, it's brought the release date forward, which is a nice thing.
NME reports Em threatening fans - "could lose label millions" - yeah, yeah, yeah...


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