Related topics

Politicians Want Concert Canceled

October 25, 2000

TORONTO (AP) _ Ontario politicians want The Real Slim Shady to please go home.

The Canadian province’s attorney general, Jim Flaherty, said Wednesday that government lawyers are looking for ways to stop controversial rapper Eminem, also known as Slim Shady, from performing at SkyDome in Toronto on Thursday night. Some officials here say the star’s lyrics promote violence against women.

``Nobody wants to curb free speech in the province of Ontario but some of this rapper’s songs go over the line,″ Member of Parliament Michael Bryant said.

Flaherty said it’s unlikely the government can stop Eminem from taking the stage at the 60,000-seat indoor baseball stadium because hate crime legislation in Canada does not include violence against women. Nonetheless, he said, his office made the calls ``to make sure that the federal government is looking into the status of this person entering Canada with the possibility that this person would come here and advocate violence against women.″

Eminem spokesman Dennis Dennehy said the controversy won’t stop the rapper.

``Eminem’s plan is to entertain his fans, and people who don’t like it don’t have to go,″ he said.

The rapper, a Michigan resident whose real name is Marshall Mathers, has played Toronto without controversy at least twice in the past two years.

Eminem refers to women using a variety of derogatory terms in his songs. In the song ``Kim,″ he describes the final moments before killing his wife and dumping her body in the trunk of a car.

In May, Eminem filed to divorce Kim Mathers, settled a $10-million lawsuit with her over the song and agreed to give her custody of his five-year-old daughter.

Update hourly