Many of the gays have their Madonna or their Streisand or their Manny Lehman. I have Eminem. Growing up as a kid, I always liked pop music but really loved rap. Not Tone Loc rap, but Run-DMC and Ice Tea. The good shit. When I was a junior in college, I found Dr. Dre's The Chronic. That album was, in my opinion, the best album ever released until a little white guy named Marshall Mathers put out The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000. To this day, I think it's the best album ever.
Lots of the gays took offense to the album and its lyrics that seemed to incite violence against gays and women. GLAAD organized a protest of the Grammys that year because they were having Eminem perform. I was there that night inside the Staples Center, and I was so happy to see Elton John give GLAAD the middle finger and perform Eminem's Grammy-winning song, Stan, with the rapper.
Now, five years later, comes word that Em is back with his wife Kim and may be retiring. It reminds me of when Mase left the game far too early because he had simply found something else that moved him. Hopefully Eminem will just be taking some time off like Mase, too.