The song has been criticised by several gay individuals and organizations for its homophobic lyrical content, which include the line: "Breaking a motherf--king table over the back of a couple faggots and crack it in half." Former Culture Club singer Boy George tweeted Eminem asking him, "Fag? Is this really recovery talk or are you running your own program these days?
Eminem has attracted criticism from the gay community throughout his career. When he performed "Stan
" with Elton John at the 43rd Grammy Awards ceremony in 2001, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), condemned the openly gay British singer's decision to perform with the rapper, claiming he promoted hatred.
Speaking with Rolling Stone
soon after the release of this song, Eminem claimed that his use of the word 'faggot' is not rooted in homophobia. He explained that when he came up as a rapper in Detroit the word was used freely. "It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or a--hole," he said. "So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people."
Slim added: "Not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career - man, I say so much s--t that's tongue-in-cheek. 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. And I don't know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke."