Canadian politicians no fans of Slim Shady

Published Oct. 26, 2000|Updated Sept. 28, 2005

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 tonight. 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.

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

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