Eminem stans are still absolutely raging at Billy Eichner for his searing Oscars criticism
Eminem fans are still attacking Billy Eichner after he criticised the rapper’s Oscars performance on Sunday, February 9.
Eminem made a surprise appearance at the Oscars to perform his 8 Mile track “Lose Yourself”, 17 years after it won Best Original Song.
Billy Eichner was among those disappointed at the rapper’s inclusion, given his history of homophobic lyrics.
“Well, you can still sing the word ‘faggot’ a million times and still perform at the Oscars that’s about ‘diversity’. Mmkay,” Eichner tweeted shortly after the performance.
Well, you can still sing the word “faggot” a million times and still perform at the Oscars that’s about “diversity.” Mmkay.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 10, 2020
Fans of Eminem – who literally invented the concept of stanning in his 2000 single, “Stan” – were less than pleased with Billy Eichner and his critique.
Oh Billy, you’re so woke by taking shots at Eminem! Sike. Stop clout chasing.
— TheReal_Deadpool (@TheRealDeadpoo7) February 12, 2020
say that to Eminem’s face, I dare ya
— liv (@napakins) February 10, 2020
Some argued that Eminem has ‘shown growth’ in his work, presumably since the last time he used ‘faggot’ in his lyrics back in *checks notes* 2018.
People are allowed to show growth dude.
— Travis Manning (@TRAVISMANNING) February 10, 2020
Many pointed to the fact that Elton John is a close friend of the rapper’s as evidence that he isn’t homophobic.
Sir Elton John has no problem with him. In fact, he helped Em get sober. Em also apologized in an interview a couple years ago. People should be allowed to grow. Jesus! pic.twitter.com/bHbfEXGZIl
— 🥂🙈🙉🙊🥂 (@kalegrandify) February 10, 2020
At least one LGBT+ fan came to Eminem’s defence, arguing that there is a difference ‘between lyrics and reality’.
As a fellow member of the LGBTQ community….please stop! I’m not offended. My gay friends aren’t offended. We’re not offended because we can all differentiate between lyrics and reality. Get over yourselves ffs
— G (@lanikaze) February 10, 2020
Some followers avoided the Eminem argument altogether, and use the opportunity to take a shot at the Oscars’ lack of diversity.
A rap artist on the Oscars and still finds a way to make that white.
— Nick Fisher (@nickdirector) February 10, 2020
Eminem and Elton John reunited at the Oscars.
After his performance, Eminem was pictured backstage with his “Uncle” Elton John.
He congratulated the legendary singer on his Oscar success, after John took home Best Original Song for “I’m Gonna Love Me Again”, from the biopic Rocketman.
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The pair have been unlikely friends since teaming up to perform “Stan” at the 2001 Grammys, with Eminem famously buying John and his now-husband David Furnish a pair of “diamond-encrusted c**k rings” to congratulate them on their 2005 civil union.