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October 13, 2004

Benzino + Eminem + Michael Jackson = Jay's Brain Aneurysm

Sweet Jeebus, the comedy never ends. Check out this new press release from The Source's "CEO" Ray Benzino:


The Source Magazine, the largest magazinedevoted to hip-hop music, culture and politics applauded today as BET (BlackEntertainment Television), pulled the newest Eminem video "Just Lose It"from its video rotation. BET Chairman and Founder Robert Johnson personallyremoved the video, which mocks cultural icon Michael Jackson and shows anoverall level of disrespect for black culture and its icons. Eminem's latest racial misstep comes on the heels of racist charges firstleveled against him nearly two years ago by The Source's CEO Ray Benzino.These charges intensified last November, after tapes where Eminem, real nameMarshall Mathers, is heard rapping using blatant racial epithets and makingdisparaging remarks about black women. The "Just Lose It" video isvindication for Benzino and The Source who were accused of overreacting by mainstream media outlets, other artists, and so called "hip-hop activists."

For too long influential people in the hip-hop community have stood byEminem while he has made a mockery of the culture that inspires andmotivates our young people to achieve and be proud of their black heritage,"said Ray Benzino, CEO of The Source. "I am proud of both Robert Johnson of BET for pulling the video, and for comedian Steve Harvey for urging MTV and VH1 to do the same. We as the leaders in the Hip-Hop community and music industry need to step up and realize that Eminem's lyrics and actions are tearing down the very culture that people like Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick,and Public Enemy have built from the ground up. I urge all members of hip-hop to come out and support Jackson, one of the most important, cultural icons of our time. No one should stand behind this mockery and only by supporting the airplay of "Just Lose It" are we giving Eminem a way out. Furthermore, The Source called upon Eminem's management to pull the single from his upcoming album, and to publicly apologize to Michael Jackson forhis offensive portrayal of the King of Pop. As one of Black America's most visible icons, the magazine views any criticism of Jackson as a direct snipe at the culture itself...

I'd agree that Eminem's Michael Jackson jokes are cowardly, and lazy, and boring. He always makes himself look like a punk by going after such easy targets (Britney, N-Sync, etc). Like the nerd who makes himself feel tough by picking on the one kid who's even nerdier than he is.

But for Benzino to seize on this as fodder for his Righteous Campaign Against White Supremacy is straight-up comedy. Will he be launching a similar crusade against Kanye West for his Michael Jackson jokes on "Slow Jams?" How about Ras Kass for spitting about "F**kin these kids like the Michael Jackson molestations?"

And didn't The Source just give an award to Ja Rule for "Clap Back," which not only mocks one of Black America's most visible hip-hop icons, it actually theatens to kill the guy? I guess tearing down Black icons it not a problem when you do it to someone like 50 who The Source has publicity stunt beef with.

Posted by jsmooth995 at October 13, 2004 8:01 PM

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