Pop legend Elton John describes why he defended Eminem against critics, and the lavish wedding gift he received in return.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has taken issue with what it thought to be homophobic Eminem lyrics since 2000. Much of the public backlash against lyrics found in songs such as “Kill You” subsided when Eminem performed at the 2001 Grammy Awards with Elton John, who is both in a civil partnership with another man and a noted Eminem fan.
While reflecting on the performance, Elton John told the UK’s Daily Telegraph that in addition to aiding Eminem with his former drug addiction, the two musicians shared what he referred to as a teaching moment about same sex partnerships. Elton John pointed to his performance at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding, and used his friendship with Eminem as a precursor of sorts, saying, “For our civil partnership present [Eminem] gave David and me two diamond-encrusted cock-rings.”
In a recent “60 Minutes” interview, Eminem questioned if GLAAD was targeting him due to the fact that he was white, and explained the rationale behind his earlier lyrics to Anderson Cooper.
“The scene that I came up in, that word was thrown around so much,” Eminem said. “Faggot was thrown around constantly to each other in battling. I don’t have any problem with nobody. I’m just like, ‘Whatever.’”