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Hate Language in Rap Music In a recent survey of Americans 75 reported believing that exposure to violence in popular music television shows and movies inspires young people to act aggressively Lacayo 1995 Smith et al 2000 The consumption of media containing heterosexist and homophobic languages by young adults and children harbors aggression and sexual confusion Jung and Smith 1993 define heterosexism as a reasoned system of bias about human sexual orientationrooted in a largely cognitive constellation of beliefs about human sexuality Hecht 1998 p 113 The constant exposure to hateful lyrics found in some of todays most popular music desensitizes the young to violence against and mistreatment of gays and lesbians It may also instill a fear in those young adults who may be confused about their own sexual orientation causing extreme frustration and emotional pain With the recent success of rapper Eminems sophomore release entitled The Marshall Mathers LP much attention had been drawn to this topic There has been a tremendous backlash against Eminems music and the messages he delivers to the millions of listeners he has acquired The most audible criticisms have been those of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation or glaad In a media release from glaad the organization stated that The hatred and hostility on Eminems CD have a real effect on peoples lives as they encourage violence against gay men and lesbians At time when hate crimes against gay people are on the rise these epithets create even more bias and intolerance toward an entire community The real danger comes from the artists fan base of easily influenced adolescents who emulate Eminems dress mannerisms words and beliefs glaadorg 2000b Some of these words and beliefs include the following lyrics from the song Criminal from The Marshall Mathers LP My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge Thatll stab you in the head Whether youre a fag
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