Example: [The (Glasgow) Herald, 2003]
Pop history repeated itself as farce yesterday when Eminem, the enfant terrible of rap, dangled a plastic baby over the edge of his hotel balcony in Glasgow, to the delight of the small crowd of fans who had waited all day to see him.
His gesture parodied the actions of Michael Jackson, who last year provoked international outrage by holding a real baby
The rapper's latest stunt adds to a catalogue of incidents that have secured his status as one of the most controversial figures in pop music today, leading George W Bush to label him "the most dangerous threat to American children since polio".
Origins: We've received many inquiries about the veracity of the quote in which President
If President Bush actually said this, we're having a tough time pinning down when, where, and under what circumstances he made the comment. The earliest citings we've turned up all come from articles printed in
His lyrics are depraved. He urges his fans to take drugs. In America, he's been dubbed the biggest threat to the young since polio. On Monday he arrives here. We investigate the phenomenon of the first white rapper.
[ . . .]
Little wonder, perhaps, that American President George W. Bush once described him as 'the most dangerous threat to American children since polio'.
— The [London] Daily Mail, 3 February 2001
Eminem strides on stage, clutching a chainsaw, a diminutive bad attitude problem on skinny legs, wearing a "Jason" ice-hockey mask to hide a poverty-bred face and the fear that mummy never loved him.
His Granny does. She said so yesterday. She added that the biggest star in the world, a musician who generated fame on anger and hate, is a "loving, gentle boy". That is counterpointed by the contention of President Bush who described him as the greatest danger to American childhood since polio.
— The Scotsman, 10 February 2001
Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers - is now arguably the biggest music star on the planet. Opinion on him, his music and his stage show is sharply divided. He's been described by President
— Leicester Mercury, 10 February 2001
- None of these articles contains any details about when (or where, or under what circumstances) President Bush allegedly described Eminem as "the most dangerous threat to American children since polio."
- All of the articles containing this putative quote come from newspapers published in the UK.
- We haven't yet turned up even a single article from a
U.S. newspaperwhich includes this quote (other than brief references to its having been mentioned in British newspapers), even though President Bush and Eminem are both Americans and major media figures.
Last updated: 13 August 2007
Jeffreys, Daniel and Rebecca Fowler. "Public Eminem No. 1." The [London] Daily Mail. ; 3 February 2001 (p. 16). The [Glasgow] Herald. "Eminem's Balcony Scene-Stealer." 25 June 2003. Leicester Mercury. "Evil Genius of the Rap World." 10 February 2001. The Scotsman. "Eminem Mother's Little Badass." 10 February 2001 ; (p. 14).