Eminem: Is the surly rapper secretly a big ol' softie?

Eminemnice2009_lEminem has always been kind of an intimidating fellow, but I think he might actually be a decent dude. The proof? The rapper is flying out 200 laid-off Detroit auto workers to watch his Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on Friday, in an attempt to draw attention to the economic woes facing Detroit. As someone who grew up in Michigan, I think it’s pretty phenomenal for Eminem to do this. Detroit has been suffering for a long, long time — long before this latest economic decline. Eminem often gets a bad rap — haha, rap — but this is an incredibly generous thing to do and, personally, it makes me want to buy his new album, Relapse, so much more.

What do you think PopWatchers? Is Eminem actually a really good guy?

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  • mel

    He’s a walking paradox. He routinely says atrocious things about people (particularly women), fantasizes about rape and murder, ergo seems like he’d be hazardous to date. On the other hand, he takes care of not only his daughter but his sister in law’s daughter plus I’ve heard, one other kid. This auto workers thing is a nice touch. Plus the message in his “Mosh” video was not all that different from that of certain Old Testament prophets, in terms of the behavior of kings and the oppression of the poor.
    My gut says he’s a Christian. Many people in recovery are (even as they often swear, have tattoos, and/or look like bikers).

  • MJA

    The thing people don’t understand about Eminem is that “Slim Shady” is his alter ego. It’s ok for actors to play evil and demented characters, but when a rapper does it he himself is evil? If the guy was a real homophobe would Elton John have played with him at the Grammys?

  • nonny

    Eminem is a good guy, the things he says in his music is for entertainment.

  • h-man

    Looks and sounds good, but probably another PR stunt. He’s got a (new) mediocre album out and will do anything to draw attention. For the kind of money he spent on flying out 200 people (add hotel cost?), he could have filled the refrigerators of these families for a full month. If you were laid off, what would you chose?

  • Ellen

    Hmm, I accept that Slim Shady is his alter ego, but it’s hard to find evidence of any irony or actual commentary in his songs with homophobic and sexist lyrics. He’s clearly a very smart guy, or he wouldn’t be able to write songs that good, but for me it’s Team America syndrome. There comes a point when you have to stop hiding behind some veil of irony and admit that most of what you’re producing you’re producing because you do actually think someone in a turban saying ‘durka durka’ is funny. Having said that, using his success to give unemployed workers a voice is a really admirable, unglamourous thing to do, and I’ll salute him for that.

  • Ellen

    As for it being a PR stunt – who cares if it raises awareness of the situation and leads to further action to secure the livelihoods of hardworking people in Detroit? He might be able to fill their fridges for a month, but that’s hardly a substitute for good healthcare, or pensions, or decent wages, good working conditions and stable contracts.

  • blake

    i love eminem, and it was cool to see him do this

  • Glambert

    awwww, you mean that misogynist and homophobic lyrics are all “for entertainment”? yeah right. i don’t buy it. and i will not support him in any way.

  • asdf

    He is technically Christian. Listen to his first solo album Infinite.

  • asdf

    He is technically Christian. Listen to his first solo album Infinite.

  • crome44

    so you tellin me he does’nt actually cut people’s heads off with chainsaw’s….?
    im disserpointed 2 hear this!!

  • Amanda

    I think that’s always been the fascinating thing about Eminem for me, is that he seems like he’s a good guy (or at least wants to be one) under all those layers of bravado, hate speech, and anger management issues

  • A R

    I think he is a sweetheart in disguise b/c he talks tough but does generous acts like this.His goodness and empathy comes across when he talks about his daughter. See:”The Serious Side of Eminem” in Rolling Stone Mag.

  • Caryn

    People are rarely ever all good or all bad. I think he’s a so-so man who occasionally does good things.

  • Weavermomo

    I love the boy and his heart is exactly where it should be!

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