CNTL+ALT+yes, I know Eminem is a douche burrito. 2017 saw Shady thirsty for any attention he could get from President Trump (see Eminem is Super Sad Donald Trump Won’t Pay Attention to Him and Eminem Gets Thirsty, Begs Trump to Say Something About Him). It was the entire marketing plan for his new album, Revival.
But even without Trump calling him pretty, Eminem still managed to score a hit with “River” (ft. Ed Sheeran). Two things surprised me. One, Sheeran somehow spits hotter bars on Taylor Swift’s “End Game.” Yes, that’s how bad things are for Eminem these days.
The other is that currently sitting at #11 on the Billboard charts is a song…with a surprising pro-life message. Buried in a song about a protagonist admitting to being a dirt bucket, there’s a few lines of regret.
NSFW, of course…
Detergent and bleach is burning the wound
‘Cause now with her in the womb
We can’t bring her in this world, shoulda knew
To use protection ‘fore I bit into your forbidden fruit
I can’t keep my lies straight
What I made you terminate, my baby
This love triangle left us in a wreck, tangled
What else can I say? It was fun for a while
Bet I really woulda loved your smile
Didn’t really wanna abort, but fuck it
What’s one more lie, to tell an unborn child?
Don’t get it twisted. Nothing here suggests Mr. Mathers is going to be marching on Washington unless it’s to throw fruit at the Juggalos. But it’s like with Ashton Kutcher’s character on The Ranch, or even this scene from The Good Doctor. Pro-lifers, or at least our positions, are regularly demonized in entertainment. The “pro-lifer” is usually the redneck Jesus freak with #MAGA tattooed across their sternum. Actors and actresses are so in bed with Planned Parenthood, you would think the organization is a personal assistant who was just handed a settlement and an NDA.
So anything that sounds even remotely pro-life, sadly, is noticeable and something to at least point out. Especially in a Top 20 song. Regardless of how much Eminem is a douche. Multiple things can be true at once.
We need to get the pro-life message out there. Even if the vessel is flawed.