Eminem Is Being Called Out For Cultural Appropriation In An Old Music Video

Eminem has been called out for cultural appropriation for an old music video where he stereotypes Mexican culture.
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Social media users are branding the 49-year-old rapper's 2004 song with hip hop group D12 - titled 'My Band' - as inappropriate as the music video featured them dressed like they were in a Mariachi band.

In the track, Eminem - whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III - claims that his "salsa makes all the pretty girls want to dance and get in their underpants".

Watch Eminem's music video below:

The conversation on cultural appropriation started after members of the Hispanic community said they were offended by fellow rapper Tyga's music video for his song, 'Ay Caramba'.

Following the controversy, Tyga - whose real name is Micheal Ray Stevenson - has since apologized for the video after seeing the criticism.

The 32-year-old 'Rack City' rapper told L.A. Leakers and American Cholo podcast host Gil Tejada: "I want to apologize to the Mexican community and my fans that are Mexican."

"I have a lot of Latin fans that are Puerto Rican or Dominican that probably [wasn’t] offended by this video," he said adding, "But, my Mexican fans in L.A., there definitely was some that were offended."

Now, social media users are saying the 'Real Slim Shady' rapper should be held accountable for doing the same thing.

One user wrote: "So it’s OK when he does it but when Tyga does it it’s a problem?"

Another user pointed out: "Does he know he’s dressed in traditional Spanish bull keeper clothes and Mariachi is Mexican and not Spanish???"

A third commented: "How did Eminem get away with soo much? lool."

However, there were several comments from people who said they were part of the Hispanic community and didn't take issue with Eminem's music video.

One user said: "For me, I saw this first in 4th grade and thought it was comical."

Another wrote: "As a member of the Hispanic community we really don't give that much of a s*** enough to cancel someone."

Back when the music video was released, not much was said regarding cultural appropriation as this was a topic that was rarely called out in the early 2000s.

In fact, the song was nominated for a few awards such as Video of the Year, Best Group Video, and Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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