Eminem Comes Out As Gay In 'The Interview' (VIDEO)

12/25/2014 06:36 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
  • Noah Michcelson The Huffington Post

Note: The above clip contains graphic language.

It's long been claimed that the more homophobic a person is, the more likely it is that he or she is actually dealing with some issues regarding their own sexuality.

Few public figures have been accused of homophobia more frequently than Eminem -- and now he's coming out as gay.

Well... sort of.

The rapper is just one of many celebrities who pokes fun of himself with a cameo in the controversial new comedy "The Interview."

In the clip above, Eminem, whose homophobic lyrics have repeatedly put him in the crosshairs of LGBT rights advocates, tells James Franco's talk show host character that he is "a homosexual."

“When I say things about gay people, or people think my lyrics are homophobic -- it’s because I’m gay,” he tells Franco's character. He adds, "I’m more shocked that people haven’t figured it out yet. I mean, it’s kind of like I’ve been playing gay peek-a-boo.”

Though he has been accused of anti-gay rhetoric, Eminem has placed the blame on his different personas and claimed that he isn't homophobic by arguing that words like "faggot" aren't being used in a homophobic way. In fact, in 2010 the rapper even came out in favor of marriage equality.

"The Interview" has faced extreme controversy in recent weeks and it almost wasn't released. After hackers, who many believe are working for North Korea, claimed they would unleash a 9/11-style attack on movie theaters if they showed the film, which involves a plot to kill Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, Sony executives pulled the plug on the movie. However, days later, they reversed their decision and the film is now in select theaters and available online.

(h/t The Advocate and MTV)

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