Eminem’s not exactly my cup of musical tea, but he’s hit the spot on my play list with the release of his anti-Bush song rightly titled “Mosh.” You may recall how the Dixie Chicks were chastised for their anti-Bush sentiment years ago; some radio stations even went as far as removing the trio’s songs from their play lists. Eminem, however, is adamant that he will not receive this same reaction — and isn’t afraid of it even if he does — for his influence in the popular music industry would deter any anti- Eminem, anti-“Mosh” actions. “If I get sniped tonight, you’ll know why, because I told you to fight,” he proclaims towards the end of the song. The video was directed by Guerrilla News Network’s Ian Inaba, who says the goal was “to make a video that inspired young people to vote because they too often disregard it as a powerless exercise.”
Some don’t see it as a call for voter action; controversial elements include planes flying over schools and exploding in the background and Eminem himself posing as Bush as he reads an upside-down elementary school book. These two elements learly are targets for criticism of Eminem from Bush supporters. But as an anti-Bush activist of sorts, I’m empowered by this song, as it speaks what I have feared to say for so long: “Let the president answer our 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 own battles to fight on our soil/No more psychological warfare to trick us to thinking that we ain’t loyal/If we don’t serve our own country we’re patronizing our hero/ Look in his eyes, it’s all lies, the stars and stripes/They’ve been swiped, washed out and wiped/And replaced with his own face…”
These lyrics, to me, signify more than just distaste for and distrust of a person; it encourages me to fight in the next four dreadful years.
Just because this beadyeyed half-of-a-human (wait…that was too nice) is wrongly in office until 2008 doesn’t mean that we have to sit back and allow all hell to break loose. Fight Bush through song, through words, through art. Fight the lies by exposing them and challenging his rhetoric. Fight the never-ending cycle of destruction by refusing to support a war that Bush himself would not fight in.