Bisexual Australian singer Sia will work with Eminem on new song, even after he used anti-gay slur.
Guts Over Fear, which is the soundtrack to Denzel Washington’s upcoming movie The Equalizer, is the duo’s second single following Beautiful Pain, which appeared on the rapper’s 2013 album The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Last year, people were furious over the lyrics for ‘Rap God’. Eminem raps that he will ‘break a m0ther f*cker’s table over the back of a couple of faggots and crack it in half’, and ‘you fags think it’s all a game till I walk a flock of glames off a plank’.
Sia, who is openly bisexual, defended Eminem, saying:
‘I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist. I would never work with someone I believed to be homophobic. He has a character called Slim Shady who represents the worst and darkest bile of America. I see how it can be unclear. But I assure you he is not homophobic himself. He does certainly respect the gay community he is close to in his personal life.’
However after New York based DJ and writer Keo Nozari called Sia out over her appearance on the album, she announced she would donate the proceeds from her collaboration to the Los Angeles Gay And Lesbian Center.
‘I guess my only hope at this point is that Beautiful Pain will do more good than Rap God does harm. I feel powerless. I thought Slim Shady had been put to bed. Now what’s done is done on my end.’
Eminem has said his use of the words is not directed at gay people and part of his Slim Shady persona, telling Rolling Stone:
‘The real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all.’