Eminem’s lines about the Manchester bombing in his new freestyle, “Kick Off,” have drawn flak from the mother of a teen who was killed in the terror attack.
The rap is “disgusting” and “disrespectful,” Charlotte Hodgson told the Manchester Evening News. Her 15-year-old daughter, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, died in the attack on the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
Eminem had invoked the attack in an extended metaphor in the freestyle’s opening lines:
Squashed in between a brainwashing machine
Like an Islamic regime, a Jihadist extreme radical
Suicide bomber that’s seeing
Ariana Grande sing her last song of the evening
And as the audience from the damn concert is leaving
Detonates the device strapped to his abdominal region
I’m not gonna finish that, for obvious reasons
“I didn’t think anybody could do this and be so disrespectful to us all,” Hodgson said. “It’s vile and he is a vile human for doing it. Why would anyone compare themselves to a Jihadist or a bomber? I think he needs help if he sees himself like that.”
“Why would anyone want to listen to it for entertainment? Ariana did a very respectful song in memory of everyone there and that was lovely, a fantastic gesture, as she was involved too, but why would people want to make money out of such an horrific event?”
“It kills me everyday,” Hodgson said of living without her daughter. “At times it’s worse as at the beginning we were kept so busy. Now that things are quiet and we have time to think it’s hitting hard.”
What are your thoughts on “Kick Off”? Revisit it below (the bars in question begin at the 51-second mark):