Eminem Shoots Himself In The Head In Graphic MV For Space Bound
Marshall Mathers has done it again. Never one to shy away from controversy, Eminem’s latest music video, “Space Bound”, has been garnering a lot of attention for a gruesome scene in which the rapper shoots himself in the head.
The video, which is the fourth single of Em’s Grammy-award winning album, Recovery, depicts him following around his girlfriend (played by former porn star Sasha Grey) whom he suspects is cheating on him. It culminates in a violent confrontation between the two, before the now-infamous suicide scene.
Ever since the release of the MV, it has been slammed by various anti-violence groups, accusing Eminem of using shock-value to entice his audience. A spokesperson from Mothers Again Violence (MAV) commented, “People who do this are really quite evil. Children are influenced by the things they see. If we feed violence, it becomes strong. Like an addiction. It’s all about the money with these videos. Eminem isn’t thinking about the families affected. It’s selfish – it comes to a point when selfishness becomes evil.”
Co-star Grey did admit that the video “may not necessarily have a thorough message” but defends it by explaining that “it shows that even the strongest of love meets destruction at some point.”
This is certainly not the first time Eminem has seared us with angry lyrics and hateful imagery. “Love The Way You Lie”, which was also shot by Space Bound director Joseph Kahn, glorified domestic abuse. But it is a sad state of affairs when society is able to accept such graphic gore as commonplace. Therefore, I find it a bit out outrageous that MTV has not outrightly banned the video.
I’m all for having “artistic expression”. And I do consider Eminem one of the greatest rappers alive today. But there is such a thing as drawing the line. But unfortunately with this video, Eminem has crossed it.
What do you guys think? Has Em’ gone too far? You judge for yourselves. Till then…