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October 30, 2005
Eminem Disregards Bono and Sir Bob It appears that Marshall Mathers blew off repeated insistent begging from Bono and Sir Bob Geldof, who were trying hard to guilty him into doing their Live 8 show a few months ago.
Geldof says, "Bono called me while I was in Africa and said 'he's (Eminem) not calling me back. I've got these pictures of kids wearing Eminem and D-12 t-shirts and we got them sent off to Eminem's office but did we hear anything? It's sad.'
He added, "If people don't want to do anything, then it's cool, I'm ok with that, but I wouldn't mind if they got back to us."
Okay, Marshall probably did the right thing by simply ignoring Bono's cheap guilt-mongering. Slim Shady, however, would have earned my personal undying gratitude if he had responded by going to Bono and giving him a severe beatdown with a baseball bat. It's one thing to guilt someone for having done something bad for which they need to make amends. However, it's cheap emotional fascism to try to guilt someone into doing your stupid publicity stunt.
Besides which, Live 8 was a rock star publicity stunt, NOT even a benefit. No money was being distributed to any actual charity work. So in fact, they were trying to guilty him into helping their openly and solely political cause. This makes Bono's crap even less defensible.
Plus, as to Africans wearing Eminem t-shirts, so what? Why would that make it somehow morally incumbent on him to do charity work? For one thing, it would seem likely that poor Africans wearing Eminem t-shirts would just be random things out of Red Cross donations. Plus, if they have money to be actually buying Eminem junk like this, they would not appear to be in such desperate need of aid. Not that Live 8 was going to provide any to begin with.
Plus, who does Sir Bob Geldof think that he is to demand attention from Eminem? He's indignant that Eminem didn't at least contact him. What kind of presumption is that to think that Marshall Mathers owes him anything?
Perhaps Slim should have shown up for Live 8- and strangled the insufferable Sir Bob to death on stage with one of those damned t-shirts. Now THAT would have made their little rock star circle jerk worth watching. Plus, then Geldof would have been a real martyr, and earned the Jesus stripes that he likes to pretend to wear.