Gay rights activists to protest Eminem’s Brit Awards appearance

BY Advocate.com Editors

February 27 2001 1:00 AM ET

After rallying against Eminem’s appearance with Elton John at the Grammy Awards last week, gay rights activists plan to protest against the rapper when he appears at England’s version of the Grammys on Monday. Eminem, accused of using homophobic and sexist lyrics, is up for the top prize at the Brit Awards. “This nomination is the moral equivalent of honoring a Ku Klux Klan singer,” said Peter Tatchell, spokesman for gay rights group OutRage! Eminem’s appearance with out singer Elton John at last week’s Grammy ceremonies raised some industry eyebrows. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that techno star Moby posited a theory about why the two performed together. “This isn’t my personal opinion,” Moby told Craig Kilborn of CBS’s The Late Late Show, “but a friend of mine told me that the rampant rumor in the U.K. is that Eminem is gay.”

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