In a new interview, Eminem discussed his dating lifestyle, and his comments raised a few eyebrows. Why? Because he said he used the gay dating app Grindr.
Here is the exchange between the interviewer and rapper:
Interviewer: When you were dating, how’d you meet people? Tinder?
Eminem: I mean, yeah.
I: Are you being serious?
E: Yeah, Tinder.
E: [Laughs] And Grindr. I also used to go to strip clubs.
Unfortunately, the reporter didn’t pick up on this and moved on to other topics. However, the rest of the world picked up on Eminem’s statement. With no surprise, the rapper set Twitter on fire.
Eminem is well known for using biting sarcasm in both his songs and interviews, so most assumed this was a joke. However, the lack of follow up confused everyone.
There's been a lot of great journalism in 2017, but the reported who didn't ask Eminem any followup questions about using Grindr has let down their entire profession https://t.co/sVTD6qr1lw
— Elijah Clark-Ginsberg (@eclarkginsberg) December 19, 2017
So Eminem drops casually in an interview he uses Grindr as well as Tinder. That's one way to let the world know I guess.
— Hayley B (@Hayles_101) December 19, 2017
Others noted that this was pretty much exactly what happened during Eminem’s interview in The Interview.
This Eminem using Grindr story reminds me of that scene in The Interview except this time the interviewer just didn’t follow up on it pic.twitter.com/qstMUWq6qN
— Adam Gilroy (@GilroysWorld) December 19, 2017
In the comedy, Eminem says, “I’m kind of shocked people haven’t figured it out yet. I’ve kind of been playing gay peekaboo. I’ve been leaving a breadcrumb trail of gayness.”
So, is the Grindr comment real?
Eminem’s people finally responded. Yes, it was a joke along the same vein of Eminem’s typical sarcasm. In fact, Eminem has never used dating apps.
But here’s the irony. In the same interview that Eminem cracks a gay joke, he laments about being called anti-gay. Actually, the entire interview was about his transformation.
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.”
I was trying to push the buttons of people who were calling me something that I wasn’t. The honest-to-God truth is that none of that matters to me: I have no issue with someone’s sexuality, religion, race, none of that.
Anyone who’s followed my music knows I’m against bullies — that’s why I hate that fucking bully Trump — and I hate the idea that a kid who’s gay might get shit for it.
I think this would be much more believable if he didn’t make fun of a gay dating application. As one user pointed out:
So Eminem, the king of homophobic slurs, just casually (and, seemingly, seriously) drops that he’s used Grindr in this Vulture Q&A and the interviewer doesn’t ask him about it at all. In an interview that’s supposed to be about his growth, no less. https://t.co/ai6uWJBzuy
— Brandon E. Patterson (@myblackmindd) December 18, 2017