Eminem agrees to censor homophobic lyrics to avoid demonstrations in UK
Eminem will return to the British stage for the first time in five and a half years after promising to tone down his homophobic lyrics.
Eminem has recently been met with opposition from gay-right organizations claiming that his lyrics were offensive and demeaning to the homosexual community. Several activist groups, including Outrage! Rights group, had planned to protest his scheduled performance in Britain in the summer 2010, as they had previously in 2001.
According to the Evening Standard, OutRage! said they won’t picket the concert if Eminem doesn’t perform lyrics that inspire hatred against gay people. Per Wireless spokesman, David Allison, Eminem agreed to the censorship after being guaranteed that there won’t be any protest.
OutRage! has lead boycotts against dance hall artists Beanie Man and Buju Banton in the past. The protests lead to their UK tours being shut down for their use of homophobic lyrics.
The Wireless Festival takes place in July of 2010, at Hyde Park in London.