Eminem has stirred up a lot of controversy over the last few days for being Eminem. Earlier this week, he compared himself to Ray Rice and rapped about physically assaulting Lana Del Rey in a Cypher promoting his label’s new record. Last night, the Detroit MC drew even more heat for his headlining performance at the inaugural Concert for Valor in Washington, DC.
However, Eminem’s performance proved controversial from the very start. He shouted, “Happy motherfucking Veterans Day!” after dueting with Rihanna on “The Monster”, and proceeded to run through “Not Afraid”, “Lose Yourself”, and more, naturally dropping a handful of f-bombs along the way.
Apparently, folks who tuned in for a wholesome concert supporting our troops weren’t expecting such foul-mouthed language to be part of the festivities (nor were they likely expecting protest songs like “Fortunate Son” and “Born in the U.S.A.”).
Conservative websites were also quick to jump on the performance; Eminem’s “HBO CONCERT SHOCK” has remained the lead headline on The Drudge Report for over 12 hours.
Certainly, it’s hard to imagine Starbucks or Chase, the companies behind the event, didn’t know they’d be getting some cussing when they tapped Eminem as their headliner. And if they didn’t, our own Alex Young may have said it best:
Watch footage of Eminem’ performance below.