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Amid controversy, Eminem collaborator Sia donates song royalties to LGBT charity
As Eminem revives his Slim Shady persona on "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," he also returns to using homophobic language, including the word "faggot." Australian singer Sia, who appears on the new album's track "Beautiful Pain," attempts to mend fences by announcing she will donate the song's royalties to an LGBT charity.
Both artists have issued statements about the controversy, with Eminem reiterating that he's rapping as a character and is personally in support of gay marriage. Sia, who openly identifies as queer, wrote: "I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist. I would never work with someone I believed to be homophobic." Sia also admitted to feeling "anxious" about the lyrics in "Rap God," which include: "You fags think it's all a game."
The royalties from "Beautiful Pain" will be donated to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, which provides shelter for homeless LGBT youths. Read our track-by-track review of "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" here.