By Shannon Carlin
Best known for her songwriting work with Rihanna, Katy Perry and Celine Dion, Sia recently came under fire for Eminem‘s Marshall Mathers LP 2. But it wasn’t for her contribution to the album, “Beautiful Pain,” but rather, Em’s song “Rap God,” which features the line, “I’ll still be able to break a motherf***in’ table over the back of a couple of faggots and crack it in half.”
As an artist who identifies as bisexual, Sia’s decision to work with the rapper has been questioned by fans. Eminem has long been called homophobic for his use of the word “faggot” — an accusation he has refuted throughout his career, most recently in an interview with Rolling Stone in which he separated the word from its sexual connotation.
“Not saying it’s wrong or it’s right, but at this point in my career – man, I say so much s*** that’s tongue-in-cheek,” he told the mag. “I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I’m glad we live in a time where it’s really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves.”
In a conversation over Twitter with DJ and writer Keo Nozari, Sia defended Eminem writing she did not believe he was actually homophobic. She also writes that she was under the assumption that Eminem’s alter-ego Slim Shady was just performance art, and a thing of the past tweeting: “I thought Slim Shady had been put to bed. Now what’s done is done on my end.”
The two had an intelligent and thoughtful back and forth where Nozari suggested Sia make a public statement about Eminem.
According to SheWire, Sia has done just that, putting her money where her mouth is. She’s donated proceeds from her Eminem collaboration to benefit homeless LGBT youth at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.
The Center stated that Sia’s donation will help support programs and facilities including a 50-bed shelter and transitional living program, medical care, meals, clothing, counseling, GED preparation program and job placement services.