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This isn’t exactly a spoiler, though it does reveal the opening sequence of the film – and it convinces a celebrity to pop up in yet another Seth Rogen comedy and spoof the public’s perception of their reality. (Rent This Is The End for several more examples.) This time, it’s rap star Eminem, who admits during a televised interview with James Franco’s character, Dave Skylark, that he’s gay. As you might imagine, the team in the production booth – led by Rogen’s character, Aaron Rapaport – reacts accordingly in this TMZ-infused, hyper-sensitive, pop-culture media landscape.
Eminem treats the whole thing very seriously, telling Franco’s character that he has been "playing gay peek-a-boo" with his fans, and has "pretty much been leaving a bread crumb trail of gayness" for his fans to follow back to the truth. You can watch the scene from Sony’s comedy here on Billboard.com, but don’t be surprised if it gets pulled down, soon.
You have to hand it to Eminem for putting himself out there for the benefit of a joke. Twitter is hitting him up for participating in the scene, with haters and supporters weighing in at a pretty even clip. Some who’ve seen the movie state:
If The Interview taught us anything, it’s that Eminem is funnier than Seth Rogen and James Franco.— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) December 25, 2014
While others bypass the brutality aimed at Kim Jon-un and critique:
Saw "The Interview". Really my own takeaway is that Eminem looks ill. Not rapper "ill". Emergency room "ill".— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 26, 2014
Without diving too deeply into the cesspool that is Twitter, there were plenty of opinions about Eminem, the scene, and the movie as The Interview continued to be streamed over Christmas break.
Wonder how much they paid Eminem to say he was gay in #TheInterview— The Book of Juan (@JuanHustle) December 26, 2014
This is a recurring theme on Twitter, that Eminem would have to be paid to say that he's gay. Why?
How much did they pay you to say you were gay on the interview? @Eminem— tristen chambers (@TristenChambers) December 26, 2014
Some even referenced Em's penchant for threatening women:
Lol people thinking Eminem actually came out gay from the interview on the interview. No gay man would ever threaten to hit Lana Del Rey.— Arwen (@LANABananaFanna) December 26, 2014
Others cooked up a new theory that North Korea wasn't behind the blocking of The Interview from theaters. It was Eminem. Because he didn't want the world to know the "truth" about his sexuality:
The Only reason The Interview came out so late was because eminem didn't want everyone to know he was gay.— Iron BW (@IronBW_) December 25, 2014
Allegedly, this scene was supposed to be slightly different, though. According to Showbiz 411, in a December 17 Tweet:
An original draft of THE INTERVIEW has leaked. Very different set up. Teri Hatcher was supposed to admit she was gay. Not eminem— Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) December 17, 2014
And yet, Eminem frequently has used his celebrity and his public persona to shine a light on homosexuality and gay rights. Prior to participating in The Interview, Eminem’s biggest visible display had to be his duet with openly gay Elton John at the Grammy Awards.
It’s a shame The Interview isn’t opening as wide as planned, because we’d love to hear more reaction to Eminem’s amusing cameo. It’s always fun when a performer plays against the labels that have been affixed to them by the media and fans. Good for Marshall Mathers for continuing to change how people perceive him… and for proving he has a sense of humor.