Mosh

Sunday, October 31, 2004
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Eminem joins the anti-Bush fray.

The largely animated video begins with a suited Eminem reading “My Pet Goat” upside down to a classroom full of children. Moments later, however, Eminem shifts from his usual mode of sarcastic critique to lyrics reflecting sincere political passion.

We see him shadowboxing in front of a wall plastered with newspaper headlines such as “Bush Knew,” “Bush Declares War,” “Congress OKs $87 Billion” and “Blechtell” [sic]. We see a soldier coming home from the war, only to find his wife holding out a letter stating “Private Kelly, You Have Been Re-Assigned to Iraq.” When the soldier reads the notice, his eyes shift from shock, to fear, to outrage, as he emphatically mouths “Fuck Bush.” Later, we see a woman opening an eviction notice while her children watch Bush talking about “tax cuts” on television.

Mosh’s brooding beat elevates the song’s sense of urgency. “Let the President answer on high anarchy/Strap him with an AK-47, let him go/Fight his own war/ Let him impress daddy that way/No more blood for oil, we got our battles to fight on our own soil,” he shouts.

Eminem’s problem is that he thinks voting for the other guy is the solution to Bush.

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