Eminem's Comeback: Yay or Nay?
So Eminem is back. Eminem. A man who is a paradox wrapped inside an enigma and served with two joints and a beer. The man has totally homophobic and misogynistic lyrics, yet he has performed with Elton John and is, by all accounts, a loving single dad to his little girl. He seems dumb as dirt in some interviews, but his lyrics are sharp and way witty. I hate him, but I love him. You know.
He's been under the radar for several years...pretty much since 2004. Now he's got a new album out, Relapse, and his first video for "We Made You" hit last week.
Are we yay or nay on this comeback? I can't decide.
"We Made You" is definitely catchy, but the video is sort of tired. Once again, he's making fun of celebrities like Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian. (Although I don't think it's very fair of him to rip on Simpson's minor weight gain when the tabs claim Eminem ballooned a la Elvis during his time away from the spotlight.)
The weirdest thing about the video is that he pays homage to the film Rain Man (he dresses like the Dustin Hoffman character) and the television show Star Trek (he dresses like Spock and seems to be enjoying himself a little too much). Not sure what's going on in that head of his, but movies and shows from a billion years ago aren't that ripe for satirizing, are they?
Perhaps the best part of the vid is his spot-on impression of man whore Bret Michaels and his Rock of Love franchise. At one point, we see Eminem as Bret in bed with a Sarah Palin look-alike...as well as a polar bear. Strange, but more titillating than I'd like to admit. However, if I were Eminem, I would be a little more careful. It's simply not that difficult to imagine 15 years into the future and see a washed-up Eminem hosting his own dating reality show.
Maybe he'll dress up like Spock.