POP queen Madonna has defended shock rapper Eminemâ€™s lyrics, saying they are less offensive than the words of new US president George W Bush.
The singer said Eminem is â€œprovoking a discussionâ€ with his work and added: â€œThat is what art is supposed to do.â€
Madonna made her comments in a letter to the LA Times newspaper, which she signed as Mrs Ritchie following her December wedding to British director Guy.
Eminemâ€™s lyrics have upset gay rights and womenâ€™s groups as being misogynist and homophobic. There were protests outside his recent UK performances this month.
But Madonna said: â€œHeâ€™s stirring things up, heâ€™s provoking a discussion, heâ€™s making peopleâ€™s blood boil. Heâ€™s reflecting whatâ€™s going on in society right now.â€
Eminemâ€™s lyrics are also littered with swear words, but Madonna countered: â€œSince when is offensive language a reason for being unpopular? I find the language of George W much more offensive.
'I find the hypocritical nature of most popular figures in our culture much more offensive.
â€œI like the fact that Eminem is brash and angry and politically incorrect. At least he has an opinion.
â€œAnd after all heâ€™s just a boy. Thank God heâ€™s rebellious and not well-groomed. He gets my vote,â€ she added.
Sir Elton John - who is due to perform with Eminem at tonightâ€™s Grammy awards - also backed the star in a letter.
â€œAs a gay artist, Iâ€™m asked by a lot of people, â€˜But what about the content of Eminemâ€™s music?â€™ I think there is far more humour on the album than people think.
â€œIt appeals to my English black sense of humour. When I put the album on the first time, I was in hysterics from laughing. We live in an age of political correctness where you canâ€™t say this or that.
â€œI honestly donâ€™t think people will go out and start beating and killing people because of this album.â€
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