Eminem has released a controversial new video
for his song "White America," which is filled with violent images,
including a school shooting, an animated Eminem hanging himself in front of
a computer, youth urinating on the White House lawn and the Constitution being
ripped to shreds.
The lyrics in the song make references to the
Columbine Shooting in April of 1999, in which 15 people were killed. The
lyrics in the song have parents of the victims of the Columbine shooting outraged.
In an interview with CNN’s Bill Hemmer, Darrell Scott, who lost his daughter
Rachel in the shooting spree, compared Eminem to Charles Manson, saying that
while Manson didn’t kill anyone, he was sent to life for the influence that
he had over people, which eventually ended in the grizzly murders of several
"Eminem represents an influence on the lives
of young people. And we really need to take a long look at the influences that
come across the media and entertainment," Scott said.
He also praised people such as Tiger Woods, Foster
Freeze and Colin Powell for the time and money they spend to help children in
a positive way.
"I encourage young people that are listening
to please not spend your money and be entertained at the expense of my daughter’s
death and the 12 other precious people who were killed at Columbine," Scott
Interscope Records defended Eminem, saying in
a statement that "Eminem is an artist. He creates art. He does not do it
so that the media can use it and solicit angry responses from the public. He
does it for fans."
"Our founding fathers would put guys in
prison for a lot less than what he’s doing here, under the accusation of treason,"