Rap Star Eminem Releases New Anti-Gun Song and Video

NewsBusters | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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Eminem surprise-released a new album, Music To Be Murdered By, early Friday morning, accompanied by a violent music video depicting the Las Vegas mass shooting and ending with a pro-gun control message.

The video is for the song “Darkness” and it starts out seemingly describing Eminem’s nerves before a concert before you realize he’s rapping from the perspective of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooter. The final verse lyrics read:

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The end of the video shows news footage from multiple shootings and a message appears saying, “When will this end? When enough people care. Register to vote at vote.gov. Make your voice heard and help change gun laws in America.” The video then directs people to Eminem’s website “for more information on how you can help” which features links to anti-gun groups like Giffords, the Brady Campaign, Everytown for Gun Safety, and March for Our Lives.

Reviews on the song and album are mixed, but critics agree that the anti-gun message is a good one.

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“It's a difficult song to listen to, but the accompanying music video advocates for stricter gun control,” said Esquire, “[A]t least he has a purpose—to highlight the horrors of our country's obsession with guns.”

Of course, Esquire managed to wedge in the inevitable swipe at Trump supporters in its criticism of Eminem’s shock tactics: “There's no room for simply pissing people off just to be...
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