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Eminem's anti-Bush anthem
Download "Mosh," the most powerful broadside against the administration since "Fahrenheit 9/11."
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By Michelle Goldberg
Oct. 26, 2004 | With his history of homophobia and his long-running beef with MoveOn supporter Moby, Eminem is an even less likely lefty hero than Howard Stern. But the just-released video for his new anti-Bush song "Mosh," makes "Fahrenheit 9/11" look like a GOP campaign spot, and it will almost certainly reach an audience that wouldn't think of shelling out for a documentary.
The beautifully animated video, which is directed by Ian Inaba, opens with a classroom. At the front is a man in a blue suit, his face buried in an upside down children's book that says "My Pet," with a picture of a bush. Just as the man is revealed to be Eminem, the scene changes, and we see the singer taping up newspaper stories to a wall -- "Sick Wounded Troops Held in Squalor," says one. "Civil Liberties at Stake," says another. "Bush Knew," says a third.
In five minutes, Eminem manages a furious indictment of the administration that will likely resonate among many troops in Iraq as well as disaffected kids here at home. In one scene, a smiling soldier returns home from Baghdad, only to be handed a notice announcing that he has to go back. As Eminem sings, "# Bush," the soldier mouths the words.
Then we see a woman walking home in the rain, carrying groceries and an envelope. Inside is an eviction notice. As she reads it, we hear Eminem saying, "Maybe this is God just saying we're responsible for this monster, this coward that we have empowered." The woman looks at her TV, where Bush is speaking over a banner that says "Tax Cuts." She looks at her terrified children, then back at the screen, which says, "Breaking News Terror Alert."
It all ends amazingly earnestly, with Eminem leading a black-clad army to the voting booth. Once again, Bush proves he really does have wonder working powers -- by behaving even more callously and irresponsibly than the most outrageous rapper, he's turned music's foremost enfant terrible into a role model of civic engagement.
Now we just have to see if MTV has the guts to air it.
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About the writer
Michelle Goldberg is a senior writer for Salon based in New York.
Most Americans are well aware that in 2000, the presidential election was decided by 537 votes. From hanging chads to the hourly updates of the manual recount, this story was obsessively covered by the mainstream press. However, what wasnt covered was what journalist Greg Palast discovered that thousands of primarily minority voters were scrubbed from the voter registry in Florida and prevented from potentially changing the course of Americas turbulent last four years.
Originally posted by Snoopdopey
All i can say is, i never expected this from Eminem. It's a very well put together video, it's excellent that this kind of thing can be published freely... however it will be interesting to see what major music channels screen it regularly.
I always find that political music has a far bigger impact than the typical gang related/violence related songs. All i can say is, more of the same. Whether it's bashing Bush, another countries stance on weapons, famine or violations of Human rights, the public should know, and this is a great way of getting the population who dont follow these events into the debate
Originally posted by Hyperen
Good to see Eminem doing something useful for the good of the world.
I hope that video can get the message across and gets those who are planning not to vote to go out and vote. (although I'm sure there can't be many who are planning not to vote)
Bush must be ousted.