(EDGE) Eminem's new album "Revival" dropped last week and in a new interview with Vulture, the rapper discusses being labeled anti-gay and dating - on Grindr.
Towards the end of the interview, Vulture writer David Marchese asks Eminem: "I know this is a clunky segue, but you've always been careful not to offend on the subject of race. Yet on the subjects of women or gay people - there's the Ken Kaniff character you used to have on your albums - you clearly weren't concerned at all about being offensive. How do you calibrate who you're okay with risking offending?"
According to Wikia's Eminem site, Ken Kaniff is a "bisexual, adult male still attending high school. Ken is portrayed as having an expansive imagination coupled alongside a distinctly psychopathic mind state which rationalizes both Pedophilia and an irrational hate for minor authority figures."
In response, Eminem explained his stance.
"The first time I got a taste of being called anti-gay was on
'My Name Is' when I said, 'My English teacher wanted to have sex in junior high / The only problem was my English teacher was a guy,' " the 45-year-old musician told Vulture. "All I was saying was I don't swing that way. So when I started getting flack for it, I thought, 'Alright, you people think I'm homophobic? Watch this.' "
"Hence the Ken Kaniff character and all that stuff. I was trying to push the buttons of people who were calling me something that I wasn't," he added. "The honest-to-God truth is that none of that matters to me: I have no issue with someone's sexuality, religion, race, none of that. Anyone who's followed my music knows I'm against bullies - that's why I hate that fucking bully Trump - and I hate the idea that a kid who's gay might get shit for it."
Though Eminem has stated he doesn't have a problem with LGBTQ people he was using gay slurs in his music as recent as 2014, Vulture points out.
Elsewhere in the interview, the rapper opens up a bit about his dating life.
"It's tough. Since my divorce I've had a few dates, and nothing's panned out in a way that I wanted to make it public," he said of dating. "Dating's just not where I'm at lately."
"When you were dating, how'd you meet people? Tinder?" Marchese asks.
"Yeah, Tinder," Eminem responds.
"Really?" the reporter asks.
"And Grindr. I also used to go to strip clubs," Eminem responded, laughing.