Diocese Of Brooklyn Will Pay $27.5 Million To 4 Survivors Of Sex Abuse

The New York Times reports that the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has agreed to pay $27.5 million to four men who were sexually abused by a religion teacher when they were children.

According to the settlement, each of the men will receive $6.8 million, making this one of the highest figures paid by the Catholic Church to survivors of sexual abuse.

According to New York Law Journal, Angelo Serrano, a volunteer and director of religious studies at St. Lucy-St. Patrick’s, abused the plaintiffs between 2003 and 2009 when they were between the ages of 8 and 12 years old.

Serrano pleaded guilty in 2011 and is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence.

This comes in the aftermath of a stunning grand jury report in Pennsylvania which found more than 1,000 children had been the targets of sexual misconduct by hundreds of priests over decades.

Sparked in part by that grand jury report, the New York State Attorney General announced two weeks ago a statewide civil investigation into sex abuse allegations within the Catholic Church and its possible cover-up by church leaders.

The New York AG has reportedly issued subpoenas to every Catholic diocese in the state.

(h/t New York Times)

Romanian Referendum May Permanently Criminalize Same-Sex Marriage

Romania, one of the European countries that bans same-sex couples from marrying, may prevent gay couples from marrying permanently with a referendum vote to be held on October 6th and 7th.

According to US News, the referendum's goal is to change the definition of marriage in the Romanian constitution to a union between one man and one woman. This would effectively deny same-sex couples the right to marry as their union would not be recognized under the law. 

Over three million signatures in favor of this change have been collected and with three million more, the referendum will be valid.

Romania is an eastern European country with a strong Orthodox Christian influence, which creates obstacles for people in favor of marriage equality. However, there are human rights groups that protest this referendum, saying that "human rights should not be put up for a vote."

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are the European countries that recognize same-sex marriage. Unfortunately, if the referendum passes, Romania will never join those countries in regard to marriage equality.  

Same-sex marriage map Europe detailed

1May include recent laws or court decisions which have created legal recognition of same-sex relationships, but which have not entered into effect yet.  (wikimedia.com)

h/t: US News

Tokyo Proposes Ordinance Prohibiting LGBTQ Discrimination Ahead Of 2020 Olympics

As Tokyo prepares to host the upcoming 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city’s local government is looking to polish up its image on LGBTQ rights in order to more closely align the Japanese capital with the spirit of the Olympic Charter.

According to the Japan Mainichi, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will propose new legislation that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ folks.

The ordinance would be the first in Japan to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.

Established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Charter defines the “Fundamental Principles of Olympism” as the “enjoyment of the rights and freedoms” being protected “without discrimination of any kind, such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

While the proposed ordinance is certainly a positive step forward for LGBTQ people, some activists are concerned about what, if any, punishments would come from violating the new ordinance.

Currently eight cities in Japan recognize same-sex relationships through civil partnerships, although Tokyo is not included on that list.

In 2015, a survey of 1,259 people in Japan (admittedly a very small sample considering the population of the country) showed a slight majority (51%) of support for marriage equality.

The poll also showed, however, that 72% of those who responded said they would “feel reluctant to accept the fact that their child is gay.”

No wonder Tokyo is trying to improve its outlook on LGBTQ social positions.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

YouTube & Instagram Star Kyle Krieger Shares His Journey For National Recovery Month

With September being National Recovery Month, Instagram celeb Kyle Krieger (1.5 million followers) shared a YouTube Q&A about his own journey with alcoholism, drug use, and getting sober.

Proudly 11 years sober, Krieger shares in frank terms how talking about his addictions literally saved his life as several of his friends he used to do drugs with are now dead.

Asked about any valid associations between addiction statistics and the LGBTQ community, Krieger says the data he’s read shows LGBTQ folks can be twice as likely as heterosexuals to suffer from drug and alcohol abuse.

Krieger sees the stress gay folks experience from dealing with coming/being out to family, coming/being out at work, discrimination in the workplace and more as a significant trigger for ’self-medicating’ with drugs and alcohol.

Krieger admits he turned to crystal meth and alcohol to help him “break down” the stresses in his life.

Asked what led him to finally seek recovery, Krieger shares that it was when he had lost just about everything in his life: dropped out of college; was losing friends at a quick rate; and stopped communicating with family.



The hardest thing about maintaining his sobriety was sticking to the principle of ‘no drinking no matter what.’

Swapping one addiction for another is common for folks with substance abuse, and Krieger says ‘vigilance’ is the key to avoiding that trap.

Whether it’s calling a friend, calling a sponsor, or just sharing on a regular basis, he says those things help him address his personal issues of the moment, and the interaction with others provides feedback and dialogue that helps battle the personal demons back.

Krieger also addresses more questions including whether he believes he’ll ever be able to drink socially again and how siblings can be most effective in in recovery, healing and sustaining sobriety.

Definitely worth the watching.

If you or someone you know is coping with addiction, a valuable online resource is the Los Angeles LGBT Center which offers anonymous online chat every weekend day from 1pm-5pm, as well as one-on-one in-person therapy and therapy groups.

There’s also the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline (1-800-662-4357) and Alcoholics Anonymous.






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Hillary Clinton Cut From History Lessons In Texas Public Schools

The Texas State Board of Education voted last week to remove former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, from the state’s history curriculum.

According to DallasNews.com, the move came as part of an effort to “streamline” educational materials for millions of students who attend public schools in the Lone Star state.

The vote came after considering recommendations from volunteer work groups who say the state requires students to learn about too many historical figures.

In addition to Clinton, other historical figures like Helen Keller didn’t make the cut.

Members of the volunteer work groups came up with a 20-point grading scale to determine which figures in history warrant being included. According to reports, Clinton scored a 5; Keller, a 7.

In removing Clinton from the mandatory curriculum, it was estimated teachers would save 30 minutes of instructional time.

Apparently, 30 minutes was too much time to spend on the first female presidential candidate of a major political party.

It’s worth noting that the state school board is made up of 15 members - 10 Republicans and 5 Democrats.

This is cause for concern on a couple of fronts.

First, clearly there will be no education on the contributions of LGBT pioneers like Harvey Milk (the first openly gay person elected to public office), Edith Windsor (who sued the U.S. government for the right to have her marriage recognized) or Barbara Gittings (the mother of the LGBT civil rights movement).

So, LGBT kids in Texas won't learn of important contributions from people like them throughout history.

Second, due to the millions of students in Texas, the state orders millions of textbooks.

That makes the state incredibly influential on national publishers, and means the state school board is in a position to request hundreds of changes to textbooks to suit the state’s right-leaning requirements.

For instance, the New York Review of Books reports that in one instance, publisher Holt, Rinehart and Winston was asked to make 400 revisions to a health textbook. Part of those changes included deleting toll-free numbers for gay and lesbian groups as well as teenage suicide prevention organizations.

See where this is going?

Once changes like these are made, schools across the country in other states may be buying them for their students without knowing how some of the decisions were made regarding what is or isn’t included.

And one more thing to consider: remember those “volunteer work groups” in Texas making the recommendations about curriculum?

The non-profit Texas Freedom Network took a look at just who made up those panels, chosen by the Texas Board of Education, in 2014.

It turned out that of the 140+ individuals appointed to the panels, only 3 were current faculty members at Texas universities or colleges.

The review showed that political activists and individuals without educational or teaching degrees were selected for the panels.

And those folks were deciding what did or did not go into the textbooks that would educate millions of children across the country.

So, yeah, what happens in Texas, doesn’t necessarily stay in Texas.

The final vote on curriculum recommendations takes place in November.

(h/t DallasNews.com)

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Of Cuba Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

American LGBTs saw the power of the presidency in action when President Obama announced his ‘evolution’ and support for marriage equality in May 2012.

His statement made an enormous impact on the fight for marriage equality. And three years later, same-sex marriage came to all of the United States.

Now, Cuba is preparing for a nationwide referendum on changing the language in its constitution from defining marriage as a “voluntary union of a man and a woman,” to recognizing marriage as “between two people.”

And the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, has publicly announced his support.

According to the BBC, Díaz-Canel said in an interview with Telesur he favors recognizing “marriage between people without any restrictions.”

He added that embracing marriage equality is “part of eliminating any type of discrimination in society.”

The Cuban president acknowledges that Cuba has “been going through a massive thought evolution and many taboos have been broken.”

Much of the credit for Cuba’s ‘evolution’ on marriage is due, in great part, to the efforts of Mariela Castro, daughter of former President Raúl Castro.

Ms. Castro, who leads the Cuban National Centre for Sex Education, has spent years speaking out on behalf of LGBTQ rights. And those efforts are clearly paying off today.

Cuba bears a long, hideous history regarding the treatment of LGBTs.

In 1959, after the rise of Fidel Castro, 25,000 gay men were rounded up and sent to labor camps.

And during the height of the AIDS pandemic, those with HIV were quarantined in government-run sanitariums. That practice ended in 1993.

But even with the country’s “thought evolution,” it comes as no surprise that there are still hills to climb in the form of Cuba’s religious leaders.

Cuba’s Catholic Church, Assembly of God Pentecostal Church, the Evangelical League and Methodist Church all vigorously oppose the idea of marriage equality.

Cuban citizens head to the polls in February to cast their votes on the new constitution.

(h/t BBC)

First Look At David Schwimmer On Upcoming Season Of 'Will & Grace'

ET gives us our first preview of the upcoming season season 2 (really season 10 if you’re counting) of NBC’s Will & Grace.

Not only do the ‘Fab Four’ - Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally - chat on what we can expect, but we get our first look at former Friends star David Schwimmer, set for several appearances this season as Grace’s new boyfriend, “Noah.”

"Just playing at the level of this cast, who are at the top of their game, it was kind of like this great, wonderful gift," says Schwimmer, who knows a little something about sitcom ensembles at the “top of their game.”

"He's as far away from Ross as he can possibly get because he's already mastered Ross," Messing tols Variety earlier this year about Schwimmer's new role. "I think people will be excited to see him in our world playing a different part." 

The first thing we learn is all four lead characters are looking at big changes in their personal lives this season.

“Grace” looks to be jumping into the political arena, while “Will” is heading to the classroom as a teacher. “Karen” is divorcing her husband, “Stan,” as Sean Haye’s “Jack” is prepping for his walk down the aisle with fiancé, “Estefan.”

We also see glimpses guest stars Chelsea Handler, Alec Baldwin, Jon Cryer, Minnie Driver and hunky Matt Bomer. Plus, “America’s sweetheart” and Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon.



But wait - there’s more!

The show also shared an exclusive scene from the new season that apparently takes place after the wedding of Grace’s dad (played by Alan Arkin) and Will’s mother (the always brilliant Blythe Danner).

The scene opens with Jack and Karen having a hilarious kiki over drinks, remembering the senior couple exchanging marriage vows.

“The look on Will and Grace’s face when his mother and her father said, ‘I do’ was priceless,” laughs Karen. “It was like, it was like…what was it like? Oh, it was like that.”

Cut to shell-shocked Will and Grace sitting stoically at the bar.

Watch below. Will & Grace premieres Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.



The Sister & Gay Brother Connection - One Powerful Bond

Like many of you reading this article, growing up was a big challenge for me. Not every hard time had to do with me being gay because I really had no idea what that even meant. It was more about realizing I was different from the other boys and having to deal with not fitting into that perfect boy box of masculinity. I was very quiet, shy and gravitated more towards things that my sisters were into. As a little guy, my older sister, Jackie did a lot of the talking for me. We are 11 months apart and share the same age for almost a week. I was born premature, which made us not only “Irish Twins,” but also instant best friends straight from gate. Jackie looked like Shirley Temple, with big curly hair and the cutest personality to go with it. If you look at our picture from when we were both young, you would think that we were actual twins. We loved playing together, Barbies were our favorite and every once in awhile we would let our other sister, Amy play with us, but she would have to first put money into a piggy bank that we left outside the bedroom door. It was sort of her entry fee. My little brother was too young and certainly had no interest in taking part in our “New Kids On The Block” dolls meets “Barbie And The Rockers” extravaganza. Our playtime would come to a quick end when we would hear the sound of the garage door go up because we knew that meant our dad was home from work. My sisters and I made a pact to never tell our dad I was playing with Barbies. That was just not what boys did back in the day. 

The older I grew up, I tried to come into my own but had the challenge of being picked on because I still continued to be really scrawny and soft spoken. Going to school was often a nightmare because I would be teased for “sounding like a girl,” “talking like a girl,” and “running like a girl.” So, I decided to stay quiet and pray that my voice would deepen. I can’t tell you how many times someone would call the house and I would pick up the phone with an immediate response of, “Hello, Mrs. Jacobi?” I hated the sound of my voice and could not blame anyone because it truly was sky high and there was nothing I could do about it.  My sister, Jackie always had my back though and has continued to be a great support in my life. 


Recently, when my fiancé, Nick and I picked a wedding date and started to iron out all the details, one of my first tasks was asking Jackie to be my “Best Woman.” Maid of Honor just did not seem like the right title for her, and we have certainly made it a point to shake up the traditional parts of our upcoming celebration. 


It is so wild to me how life comes full circle and that even the darkest of times start to turn into lessons learned or bleeps on our own individual radars. New memories start to take shape, and consistent moments of happiness turn into your reality, validating thoughts that life is indeed so very good. But most importantly, that with the right support, self-confidence and family connection - you can make even your biggest dreams come true. 


Last weekend, my mom, two sisters, Nick and I went shopping together. This was not your average shopping trip. We carved out a day where Nick and I could help my two sisters pick out dresses that they could wear to our wedding since both of them will be standing up during the ceremony. The shy, scrawny, high-pitched voice, Barbie-playing boy that is at the core of my soul was smiling proud that day.  


It took a lot of self-growth to get here and many obstacles to overcome, but it is the person that I am today and the people that have been with me along the way, which is most significant. I could not be more grateful for my two loving parents and my three siblings. I wish all the younger boys in the world reading this article understands that being different is not a bad thing, and that one day life will be filled with countless days of joy where they can be who they are and love who they want. 


With Love,


Matt Jacobi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Jacobi is a writer and COO for an award-winning creative agency. Jacobi has been a voice of truth on various world topics such as women’s rights, religion, mental health, bullying and equality. His current mission is to get more men to stand with women so that they can work together to make equality more of a reality. Jacobi was inspired to be an advocate for women’s rights since the birth of his two nieces.

Jacobi previously worked side by side with international entrepreneurs traveling the globe and assisting in bringing their various brands to life. This experience allowed him to work alongside New York City’s top publishing company, Simon & Schuster and PR powerhouse, Rubenstein Public Relations.

His earlier career began in television after graduating from Arizona State University where he landed his first job at ABC News in Phoenix, Arizona. He later made the move to Hollywood where he worked at the celebrity news show, E! News. Shortly after, The Style Network went on to feature him in a television wedding special capturing his lifestyle expertise. Jacobi continued his on-camera career as a television personality where he starred in two reality shows for the E! Network.

You can follow his daily adventures by visiting MattJacobi.com.

@MattJacobi (Instagram.com/MattJacobi)

The Deeper Meaning behind Tom Aspaul's new single 'Going Down'

Do you like the following?

  • Bops
  • Iconic lyrics
  • Gay men


Of course you do! Which is why we at Instinct are super excited to have sat down with Tom Aspaul, in the midst of the single release for ‘Going Down’.

‘Going Down’ does a formidable job of working its way into your brain quickly, with a huge chorus, handclaps galore and smooth af vocals.

Tom, a songwriter in his own right with an impressive number of credits under his belt, including the creator of homosexuality, Kylie Minogue, sat down with us to talk his new single, his iconic London club nights, and what his favourite gif is.


Hi Tom, a pleasure to speak with you today! How are you doing?


Hiya Kevin! The pleasure is all mine! I’m good thank you. A little bit rushed off my feet, but all good. How’s you?


So, let’s start with your brand new single shall we! It’s been a while since you last made a foray into your own music, has this been a long time coming?


It really has! Feels like it’s been forever to be honest. I wanted to take a small break after the last EP. That whole episode was a bit of a bad experience and a massive learning curve for me as an artist. I decided to give it some time, do some features here and there. I’m writing for other people continuously, so I just focused on that and my podcast. Then, sometimes, something comes along and you’re like ‘shit, I want this for myself’ - and that’s what ‘Going Down’ was. I decided I was gonna do everything myself, which was always going to be a long and arduous process - but it’s been quick by music industry standards!

How has the reception been for the single so far?


Amazing! So relieved and happy!


What was the writing process like for this song?


I worked with three different producers on the track. It was very long winded, lots of back and forth to get it just right! The writing itself was very quick, maybe only took half an hour. I was sitting alone in my flat and I just had this sudden urge to create. I remember it was boiling hot that day and I was sat on the floor of my bedroom in my pants, writing lyrics. The song is actually incredibly sad, although melodically it’s super happy. I wrote about how I dealt with grief after losing a close friend to depression in 2011. Sometimes, even now, out of the blue, I can be overcome by the residual sadness of it all and I guess that’s the ‘going down’ part. Like, you think you have a handle on everything, but you could also collapse into tears at any moment. God it’s so depressing when I think about it! I’m fine now though, it’s the first time I could write about it and I think it might have really helped.


You’ve written for some massive names in the industry. Kylie, MKS and Saara Alto. Is it a different beast altogether writing for someone other than yourself?


In the case of Kylie and Mutya Keisha Siobhan, all the songs we did together were originally written by me, just for me and my artist project, which is a bit weird and unusual to be honest. Since then I’ve mostly been in the studio with different artists, trying to write a “hit" and yes, that is quite different! I’m starting to feel like I prefer writing a song with other writers and producers and then pitching it to an artist. That feels like it’s been a much more successful way of getting songs released!


You’re massive on the London club scene, and you’ve thrown some iconic club nights. Recently, you put together an ‘Artpop V Prism’ themed party. Who was the winner of the night?


I wouldn’t say I’m massive on the London club scene! Although I’m going to use that as a quote from now on. Put it on my CV! Maybe you could say I’m fairly well known amongst a very niche group of people on the East London dive bar scene?  A couple of friends and I do this night called ‘Synthia’, it’s been really successful this year! We LOVE a theme. We recently did a Madonna night for her 60th birthday, we’ve done Rihanna, Azealia Banks (controversially) and my personal fave ARTPOP v Prism this summer - in which ARTPOP obviously walked it!

You also produce your own podcast called Bottle Pop. Tell us a bit more about that!


I do! I mean, who doesn’t do their own podcast these days? Bottle Pop has been so much fun to put together though. It’s such a basic premise, but it’s really worked - every week I invite someone who works in or around music to my flat, we pop a bottle of prosecco, get drunk, chat shit about pop music and then they go home pissed! I’ve had some amazing guests over two seasons. MNEK was fab, Siobhan Donaghy was lovely, and Peter from Popjustice gave me enough material to do a 4 hour episode! I get so many amazing opportunities come through because of it, just last month Annie Mac asked me to join her on BBC Radio 1 to take part in the Years & Years album listening party, which was incredible and surreal. I’m actually so proud because I don’t have any help or any budget and Bottle Pop is consistently hovering around the top of the iTunes music podcast chart. I’ve got to say though, I listen to a lot of podcasts and it’s one of the better ones, I think it’s just a really fun listen and it’s really well edited! I’ll be back soon with some special one-off editions!


You must be constantly on the go with all of these projects. How do you manage?


Planning! I have a lovely manager who organises my calendar - tells me which studio I need to be at and who I’m working with. He works with my publishers to organise all of that - that’s the signwriting side of things. I just look at the gaps and try to fill them with different projects! At the start of this year I was actually so bored, so it’s not always this busy, but as soon as the release of this single got closer and closer it’s all got a bit hectic. 


So, being part of the LGBT community yourself, does your sexuality shape how you write your music?


I love being gay, it’s a massive part of my life - and like most writers and artists, I write about my life and what I see around me. When writing for other artists (predominantly straight females) I like to be as universal as possible - although there’s a sort of shared understanding, we’ve all been wronged by men at some point! As for my artist project, yes I've written about bottoming (on ‘Pioneer’) and hook-ups (on 'Messy') and the rest of it, it just comes naturally I suppose - I think it’s just as important to write about the kind of shared experiences that come with the territory of being part of a wider LGBT community. Going back to my new song, I lost a friend, who was gay and struggling with depression and substance abuse. That whole situation feels like it was centred uniquely on his sexuality - and these kind of stories are quite common. The after effects are so traumatic and I finally felt able to write about it. A large part of my sexuality was always tied to going out, dancing to loud music, drinking, having fun and meeting boys that way. I guess there is no such thing as ‘gay music’, but there’s a certain taste level we all have and an appreciation for female popstars that kind of comes with it all - I guess that influences what I listen to and in turn, how I write my music.

You’re quite the icon on Twitter dot com. What is your favourite gif?


It’s quite basic but I love the gif of Amanda Seyfried/Karen in Mean Girls laughing when the (hot) head teacher is reading lines from the 'burn book’. He says something like ‘fugly slut’ and the way she giggles is so reminiscent of me at school. I was always in trouble and normally I’d just laugh at the teachers. I love using it if anything is vaguely funny. Gosh that’s quite boring isn’t it? 

(v iconic gif)

Not at all! Iconic gif. Let’s do some quick-fire questions! Favourite song?


Lovefool - The Cardigans


Favourite concert you’ve ben to and why?


Can I have three please? Just because three incredible gigs come to mind and they all happened at the Hammersmith Apollo, maybe it’s that venue? This year, Alanis Morissette was literally so amazing there. She finished with Thank U and I cried. I also saw Kate Bush there, which was the closest I’ll ever get to a religious experience. Lastly I went to this Julie Andrews evening where she spoke about her career and sang Edelweiss (despite the dodgy larynx) and I was on the front row and once again, I cried.

Favourite Spice Girl?


I met Emma Bunton at a BRIT Awards after party this year. I was so drunk, I showed her my Spice Girls tattoo (which involved taking off my shirt) and she was so lovely and seemingly so happy after all these years, just to look at my awful tattoo and have a picture with me. So Emma all the way. Also ‘Maybe' is a massive fucking bop.


Jennifer Lopez or Mariah Carey?


Sophie’s choice! When the chips are down, it's Jennifer Lopez. But I’m getting a Mariah tattoo very soon and I worship her too.


Dream collaboration?


I’ve been rediscovering Röyksopp recently and I’d forgotten how amazing their production and songwriting was. Also I’d love to go to Norway, so Röyksopp!


ABBA or Steps?


ABBA obviously.


Finally, what’s next for Tom Aspaul?


So I’ve got a couple of exciting co-writes coming out soon - some big artists! You’ll have to listen out for them! I’m gonna do some one-off episodes of Bottle Pop, maybe one a month through to Xmas. Probably a few more ridiculously themed club-nights, I really wanna do a night called ‘Synthia: Nixon’ and just play amazing lesbian rock music. As for my artist project, hopefully this is just the beginning (or some kind of reset) I’m gonna release the video for ‘Going Down’ very soon! Some exciting remixes are coming, then it’s time for the follow up, which is, and I'm not just saying this, it is my most favourite song I've ever written! Hopefully I can squeeze in a third song before the end of the year, but if not the start of 2019! Phew!


Thank you! Have a great day!


Thank ewe!

Stream Tom's new single 'Going Down' on Spotify now!



All photos courtesy of Tom Aspaul and Alice Rainis.

Rapper Eminem Expresses Regret For 'F*gg*t' Slur (Again)

After getting slammed for using homophobic language (again) on his latest album, rapper Eminem has now addressed the debacle expressing regret over his choice of words.

First, let’s recap - on the track “Fall” from the new release Kamikaze, Eminem took a verse to swipe at rapper/producer Tyler the Creator.

It seems Eminem was angry over criticism leveled his way by Tyler who had publicly criticized his Beyoncé collaboration, “Walk on Water,” from Eminem’s 2017 release, Revival.

With that in mind, Eminem dropped this in “Fall:”

Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch / It’s not just ’cause you lack attention / It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious / If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better


Immediately, the music industry and the LGBTQ community clapped back at the 45-year-old rapper.

“It’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate,” said Imagine Dragons frontman (and LGBTQ ally) Dan Reynolds.



Even Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who appears on the track, took pains to distance himself tweeting, “Was not in the studio for the Eminem track... came from a session with BJ Burton and Mike Will. Not a fan of the message, it’s tired. Asked them to change the track, wouldn’t do it. Thanks for listening to BRM.”

“This is not the time to criticize youth, it’s the time to listen, to act” added Vernon. “It is certainly not the time for slurs. Wish they would have listened when we asked them to change it.”

Which brings us to yesterday as the 15-time Grammy Award winner sat down for a lengthy video interview with rapper/reporter Sway about the new project.

During the chat (which has already garnered over 2.2 million views in a day), Sway asked about using the word “faggot” on the track.

“With the Tyler the Creator thing, man, I realize now, I realize I wasn’t, in the mind frame of - I realize I was angry when I said the sh*t about Tyler,”  says the Slim Shady rapper.

“The word that I called him on the album, on that song, was one of the things where I felt like, this might be too far. Because in my quest to hurt him, I realized that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it.”

This isn’t the Oscar winner’s first trip to the homophobic rodeo, though.

His sophomore album, Marshall Mathers LP, received similar criticism for his repeated use of the word "fag."

The issue reared its head again when he used the term on the track “Rap God” in 2013.

At the time, he said he didn’t think of it as a slur, just a word he’d grown up using as a put-down in rap battles.

One has to wonder, though, in 2018 - at the age of 45 - couldn't Marshall Bruce Mathers III learn to step away from the homophobic rhetoric?

What do you think, readers?

You can watch Eminem explain below.