Stevie Wonder Has Harsh Words For Eminem

Legendary singer Stevie

Wonder recently criticized Eminem’s spoof of pop icon Michael Jackson in the "Just

Lose It" music video, which has come under fire of late.

"Kicking someone

when he’s down is not a good thing," Wonder reportedly told Billboard magazine.

"I have much respect for his work, though I don’t think he’s as good as

Tupac [Shakur]. But I was disappointed that he would let himself go to such

a level."

Michael Jackson

has publicly scorned Eminem for the music video, which ridicules Jackson’s current

child molestation charges.

The video features

Eminem impersonating Jackson as children jump up and down around him on a bed,

while Eminem raps, "I done touched on everything, but little boys / Now,

that’s not a stab at Michael / That’s just a metaphor / I’m just psycho."

The video was pulled

from BET network’s music programs, but not before viewers vilified Eminem’s

portrayal of Jackson.

Wonder, reportedly

calling Eminem a hypocrite, told Billboard magazine that much of Eminem’s success

has been due to support from African-Americans and underprivileged groups.

"He has succeeded

on the backs of people predominantly in that lower pay bracket, people of color,"

Wonder said. "So for him to come out like that is bull."

The single, "Just

Lose It," off Eminem’s latest album Encore, is also reportedly

in the running for a Grammy Award nomination, to be announced Tuesday (Dec.

7).

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