“I think if two people love each other, then what the hell?” he says. “I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.”
In his own colorful way, Eminem has voiced the simplicity of the argument for gay marriage rights, and I applaud him for doing so! In a way, I’m surprised – seeing as his previous records had their fair share of homophobic lyrics. But, as he says in his own words, he’s matured.
“Shady still exists,” he says. “But I don’t think the subjects on this record call for, you know, bring the chainsaws and axes out and murder everyone on this record. There was so much stuff like that off the last record that I felt like I was starting to run it into the ground. I think consciously I went in a different direction with this record.”
Moreover, I like that he’s not making apologies for his music – he claims that everything he’s said in the past was what he was genuinely feeling at the time, but that he’s calmed down a bit and can see things from a new vantage point. Check out his newest single, I’m not Afraid, which I think highlights his change in attitude very well.
Yep, that is in fact Cindy McCain posing in duct tape for the NO H8 campaign. I find it impressive that she’s standing up for gay marriage rights, and at the same time, slightly ironic. By no means do I conclude that if a male presidential candidate has a stance on an issue, his wife must have the same. John McCain has said in several interviews, i.e. on the Ellen Degeneres show and in D.C’s gay newspaper The Washington Blade,
“I support the effort in California to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman” (source
). Now, of course, Mrs. McCain might have simply disagreed with him. But why didn’t she express her beliefs regardless of his stance? Throughout the campaign, she appeared to me like an emotionless droid, and I think this support for gay marriage would have given more depth to her identity as potential first lady. Did she too fear the pundits who’d say she went “rogue”? Perhaps this photoshoot would have prompted more people to give serious thought to her husband’s name on the ticket. And it would have been the kind of “rogue” that millions would have appreciated and not mocked like another roguette.