About 100 demonstrators were positioned outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday to protest Eminem's four Grammy nominations not to mention his showstopping duet with gay pop star Elton John. "We're here so that we don't miss an opportunity to talk about bigotry and the escalation of bigotry to violence against women or gay men," said Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization for Women, referring to the rapper's anti-gay/misogynistic lyrics. "Eminem is not Lenny Bruce or Allen Ginsberg or Tupac Shakur, who was rallying against injustice and the war on drugs. This is old-fashioned bigotry." In accepting his award for best rap album, Eminem responded to the criticism. "I want to thank everybody who could look through the controversy and see the album for what it was and also for what it isn't," he said. Backstage, techno rocker Moby weighed in on the debate, saying, "He's very good at what he does and he's very clever, but he's also a homophobe, a racist and a misogynist, and I find that objectionable."
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