Sounds like Eminem has been cleanin’ out his closet again … starting with himself.
(Eminem just came out of the closet.)
(Not really, but we’re rolling with it.)
The “rap god” just took a break from promoting his not-universally-acclaimed new album, Revival, which features the science lesson “Walk on Water,” to “joke” that he meets a lot of his dates on Grindr.
“It’s tough. Since my divorce I’ve had a few dates and nothing’s panned out in a way that I wanted to make it public,” he told Vulture.
When pressed on whether he found his dates on Tinder, he says “yeah,” which the interviewer takes as a joke. (But if the interviewer were up-to-date on all the hippest trends of celebrity dating, he would know that there is a version of Tinder specifically designed for celebrities.)
Eminem then goes on to say that he finds some of his dates on Grindr as well, which the interviewer fails to follow up on — thus allowing the statement to just hang in the air like a bottoming-induced fart.
But was it a joke? If so, then that means this was your typical ignorant joke about how funny it would be to be gay — and that the interviewer did nothing to condemn it. And if not, then this was literally a real-life version of the opening scene of The Interview, in which Eminem publicly came out as gay but then kept on talking as if nothing had happened.
And speaking of The Interview, can we now assume that between that scene and this actual interview, Eminem has been desperately trying to tell us he’s gay for years? Perhaps we should stop laughing off his sincere, heartfelt declarations of his sexuality.
On the other hand, Em clarified his reasons for creating his infamously stereotypical gay character Ken Kaniff, who appeared in some of his work: “The first time I got a taste of being called anti-gay was on ‘My Name Is’ when I said, ‘My English teacher wanted to have sex in junior high / The only problem was my English teacher was a guy.’ All I was saying was I don’t swing that way. So when I started getting flack for it, I thought, Alright, you people think I’m homophobic? Watch this.”
However, he also said during the same interview that he enjoyed last summer’s terrible Tupac movie, and even saw it twice … so we should take all of his opinions with a grain of salt.