Eminem. (Kevin Winter/Getty for iHeartMedia)
As the Dolly Parton Challenge takes up all the real estate in people’s Twitter timelines, the latest to leave his meme mark is rapper Eminem, but he did his with a twist.
The meme take started by the “Nine to Five” singer sees users pick pictures of themselves to represent their LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Tinder profile pictures.
Bur the rapper, never one to shy away from rattling controversy, uploaded his challenge yesterday and swapped Tinder for the gay dating app Grindr.
Eminem jokes, again, that he’s on Grindr.
“Did I do this right?” the Detroit, US, musician tweeted, using a photo of the young naked Slim Shady holding a firecracker.
The joke attracted both criticism and praise from followers in what may have been a subtle nod to the time he said he used Grindr after his divorce.
Claims he later clarified where not true. Uh, right.
Did I do this right? pic.twitter.com/ZkoV5T4yxB
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) January 24, 2020
Fans’ reactions, especially among the queer community, were mixed. The singer’s relationship with the LGBT+ community as, at times, been turbulent.
His track record includes dropping an album which included anti-gay attacks on fellow rapper Tyler, The Creator.
He previously claimed that his use of slurs such as “dyke” and “faggot” were not actually aimed at the LGBT+ community.
As a result, some queer users were not amused.
Eminem doing a meme about Grindr???? pic.twitter.com/uHCPHFbXQe
— T?m (@sleepy_homo) January 24, 2020
gays every time they see Eminem try to come out pic.twitter.com/BLQ7FlhP1z
— Sean (@seanbgoneill) January 25, 2020
— Grindr (@Grindr) January 24, 2020
Eminem sang about the 2018 Ariana Grande terrorist attack.
The 47-year-old’s meme game came just a week after Eminem was in heat for leisurely rapping about a 2018 terrorist attack that inflicted an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
The significant pushback against the song from activists did little to quash his album, Music to Be Murdered By, from rocketing up the charts to number one.
Eminem later issued a statement about the album, addressing criticism who skewered the singer for rapping about murderous themes and real world atrocities.
“So you see, murder in this instance isn’t always literal, nor pleasant,” he wrote in the Twitter missive.
“Cause, see, they call me a menace and if the shoe fits, I’ll wear it. But if it don’t, then y’all will swallow the truth, grin and bear it” #Renegade #MusicToBeMurderedBy pic.twitter.com/2aIFk2kz8a
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) January 23, 2020
“These bars are only meant for the sharpest of knives in the drawers. For the victims of this album, may you rest peacefully.
“For the rest of you, please listen more closely next time. Goodnight!
“With deepest sympathy, Eminem.”