The Source’s CEO Benzino has co-signed BET’s decision to pull the latest Eminem’s video “Just Lose It” from rotation:
The first single and video from Eminem’s upcoming album, Encore, pokes fun of Michael Jackson. In one scene, Eminem wears Jackson’s trademark red leather jacket with kids bouncing around on a bed and raps: “Come here little kiddie, on my lap, guess who’s back with a brand new rap. And I don’t mean rap as in a case of child molestation.”
“For too long influential people in the hip-hop community have stood by Eminem while he has made a mockery of the culture that inspires and motivates our young people to achieve and be proud of their black heritage,” said Benzino. “I am proud of both Robert Johnson of BET for pulling the video, and for comedian Steve Harvey for urging MTV and VH1 to do the same. We as the leaders in the Hip-Hop community and music industry need to step up and realize that Eminem’s lyrics and actions are tearing down the very culture that people like Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, and Public Enemy have built from the ground up. I urge all members of hip-hop to come out and support Jackson, one of the most important, cultural icons of our time. No one should stand behind this mockery and only by supporting the airplay of “Just Lose It” are we giving Eminem a way out.”The Source is demanding that the song “Just Lose It” be pulled from Eminem’s upcoming album and to apologize publicly to Michael Jackson.
Eminem’s album Encore drops November 16th. The Source Awards are scheduled to air on BET on November 30.