Two days after the May 2000 release of Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP," GLAAD launched a campaign to advance a national dialogue about the impact of hate lyrics in music, focusing on Eminem's violent, homophobic lyrics.
Now, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has nominated Eminem for four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
GLAAD, in coalition with several national and local LGBT and allied groups and individuals, is organizing a rally and education campaign at the Grammy Awards on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Among our partners are: the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center; the California National Organization for Women; the Matthew Shepard Foundation; the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects; Outmusic (the national LGBT musician's network); activist Robin Tyler; and others.
And that's where your participation is vital.
Eminem's lyrics do more than glorify violence against lesbians, gay men, transgender people and women -- they also give permission for young people to abuse and harass people who are "different," numbing them to the damaging impact of homophobia and misogyny.
Your presence and our combined voices at the Grammys will send a powerful message that hate in any medium will not go unchallenged. Be part of this challenge and we will be heard!
Joan M. Garry
GLAAD Executive Director