Eminem didn’t just burn Trump at the BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday — he incinerated him. But not before slapping him around, chopping him into tiny pieces, and skewering him on a series of kabobs shaped like Melania.
The Emmy-winning rapper dropped a crispy, five minute freestyle rap video lashing out at the President’s racism, disrespect of veterans, childlike temper, terrible political base, hypothetical wall, and even his lack of testicles. (“Trump, when it comes to giving a shit / you’re stingy as I am/Except when it comes to having the balls to go against me/you hide ’em.”) He also couldn’t resist calling the President a “racist 94-year-old grandpa” and insulting his fake tan.
In addition to criticizing the President’s single-minded, stubborn focus on the NFL and how it distracted the country from actual tragedies like Puerto Rico and the Las Vegas mass shooting, Eminem found time to stand up for Colin Kaepernick and Senator John McCain. (“Unless you’re a P.O.W. who’s tortured and battered/’cause to him you’re zeroes/’cause he don’t like his war heroes captured.”)
Kaepernick, for his part, replied with a raised fist Emoji on Twitter:
As for McCain, he hasn’t responded, but it’s also unclear whether he even knows who Eminem is or whether he knows how to use Tweeter.
LeBron James also tweeted out support of Eminem, complete with a helpful illustration of one of Eminem’s more oblique references:
Even Ellen DeGeneres briefly considered going straight for the real Slim Shady:
Still, Eminem’s furious, cathartic rap roast wasn’t the first instance of a prominent rapper lashing out at the President. YG released the single “FDT” in August, in which he repeatedly cursed Trump’s name, and Snoop Dogg’s music video for “Lavender” drew headlines last fall for portraying a murder of a clown dressed like Trump. Mainstream white-dominated media outlets chose to focus on the shocking, violent imagery of Snoop Dogg’s video at the time, whereas they have now adopted a sympathetic, laudatory tone while reporting on Eminem’s recent missives.
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