Beyond The Flag- NASCAR fans like most sports fans tend to be a pretty passionate group of people. This week NASCAR fans seem to be focusing that passion in the direction of rapper Eminem. NASCAR fans and more specifically Tony Stewart fans, have taken offense to Eminem mentioning the three-time NASCAR champion in one of his raps.
"Been known to lose it though, so if I overdo it, you drove me too it. When I step into the vocal booth like I’m supposed to do I’ma murder you on a fuckin' track like Tony Stewart." -Eminem
Hypocrisy. I know that word is like two syllables over the head of every NASCAR fan, but that's exactly what this is. How does the saying go? Don't throw stones if you have a confederate flag hanging from your house? I think that's it. If I marched down Main Street screaming 'cunt' I wouldn't be appalled if someone called me a 'jerk'. I understand protecting your own, but come on. This wouldn't even be a problem if Eminem was a country singer. The Klan members at NASCAR events are more offended by the fact that Shady aligns himself with a slightly darker coalition than they are about his word choice.
I didn't even know you could offend NASCAR fans. Wasn't aware they had a 'too soon' mentality. Like, Is it really insulting their intelligence if they don't understand the joke? A group of people that still think the Civil War is going on is mad about some words? In a song? Give me a break. Personally I would have thought Eminem was rapping too fast for them to even catch that barb anyway. Plus, don't NASCAR fans hate that psychopath Tony Stewart? Is this when hockey fans hate on Sidney Crosby and then bring up how much fun he is to watch when they are debating the credentials of the sport to non-hockey fans?
This is pretty huge win for Slim Shady. He is clearly no stranger to controversy, but NASCAR fans are a whole new level. Anyone could offend Britney Spears or Fred Durst. Much more impressive to attack a group of people that consider a shotgun a necessary part of their wardrobe. They probably strap that bad boy on before they tie their shoes. Love the selective outrage. Have no problem with a 20 year old getting run down mid-race, but can't stand to hear someone make light of it. That's their murderer. Don't you dare speak ill of him.
Question of the day: Who is a bigger sociopath, Eminem or Tony Stewart? You can easily make arguments for both.