With Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show being almost entirely comprised of Black artists making Black music, with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige among the headliners, it was only a matter of time before right-wingers started pitching a fit.
For right-wing ideologue Rudy Giuliani, however, it was the lone white person on the stage, rapper Eminem, that got him in his feelings. Like many right-wingers, the moment during Eminem's performance when he "took a knee" in reference to black-balled NFL player Colin Kaepernick's now-legendary protest against racism and police brutality, had Giuliani outraged.
So much so that in a recent episode of his radio show, Giuliani resorted to every conservative's favorite response to any protest that comes from a non-conservative person--telling Eminem to leave the United States if he has a problem with racism.
Listen to his comments below.
Rudy Giuliani suggested Eminem \u201cgo to another country\u201d after taking a knee during the Super Bowl halftime show, mocked Snoop Dogg\u2019s vocal sound, and said Colin Kaepernick isn\u2019t a good QB because \u201che ran too damn much.\u201dpic.twitter.com/RiY1VBPQC5— PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@PatriotTakes \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1644959652
"Let's get right to Eminem taking a knee."
“Why doesn't he go to another country? I mean, go take a knee someplace else.
As many pointed out on Twitter, Giuliani's anger about Eminem's taking a knee is a bit strange since conservatives' stated objection to the protest has always been that it disrespects the national anthem.
But Eminem's knee was taken during his own song, "Lose Yourself." Makes you wonder if it's something other than the anthem that actually bothers them, doesn't it?
Anyway, Giuliani next moved on to what he does best: saying the quiet part out loud. After telling him to get out of the country, Giuliani implied Eminem is anti-cop because he's anti-racism.
"You know how many cops were defending him and protecting him at that game yesterday?"
Giuliani then dug into the Black Lives Matter movement, accusing them of actually murdering police.
"The simple reality is the NFL has made a mockery out of law enforcement, particularly with its support for the cop-killing Black Lives Matter."
Giuliani did not offer an explanation for how an anti-racism movement, which is to say an idea, could be capable of killing cops, or why he thinks a movement addressing cops killing Black people is a movement advocating for the killing of cops. But then, making sense is rarely Giuliani's strong suit.
Anyway, lest you think Giuliani saved all his disses for Eminem, he went on to also accuse rapper Snoop Dogg of murdering police and spoke with audible disgust about Kaepernick and the "take a knee" protest he started in 2016.
On Twitter, Giuliani's hot take elicited a giant collective eye-roll.
Doesn't he have more important things to worry about right now?https://twitter.com/joncoopertweets/status/1493619690777808899?t=KJtS6az_7Zln60I9S1GRWA&s=19\u00a0\u2026— Eli The Fitness Guy (@Eli The Fitness Guy) 1644959890
So just kneeling is now a problem? The Anthem was not playing? Kneeling? We talking about just kneeling? In my Iverson voice.— LHenryV (@LHenryV) 1644960061
Watch Eminem make a diss track featuring Snoop Dogg and Colin Kaepernick against Rudy Giuliani.— Mushy Sparrow (@Mushy Sparrow) 1644959960
So now they\u2019re mad when someone kneels even when it\u2019s not during the anthem?— ReneeU (@ReneeU) 1644959900
Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Kaepernick, all of them are actually financially and physically doing much better than Rudy who is old and broke? Not to mention none of them has legal problems like him, lol.— untoo (@untoo) 1644960095
So the National Anthem wasn't the issue after all? \n\nStrange— Chiefs Kingdom (@Chiefs Kingdom) 1644959722
The only time I will be interested in anything Rudy has to say is when he has to answer "how do you plead"?— Ellyn (@Ellyn) 1644960222
Rudy has always been racist.https://twitter.com/patriottakes/status/1493695159057457161\u00a0\u2026— Outspoken\u2122\ufe0f (@Outspoken\u2122\ufe0f) 1644977289
Eminem living rent free and melting in Rudy's head, not in his hands. https://twitter.com/patriottakes/status/1493695159057457161\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/eFXF7p4yRP— Dennis Farkas\ud83c\udf9e\ufe0f\ud83d\udcfd\ufe0f\ud83c\udf0a (@Dennis Farkas\ud83c\udf9e\ufe0f\ud83d\udcfd\ufe0f\ud83c\udf0a) 1645029396
I really can't wait until Eminem writes and raps a diss abut Rudy Colludy Giuliani.https://twitter.com/patriottakes/status/1493695159057457161\u00a0\u2026— April #WearAMask and #GetVaccinated (@April #WearAMask and #GetVaccinated) 1644968332
Giuliani may have hated the halftime show, but social media loved it, and so did television audiences: Nielsen reported this week that more than 103 million viewers tuned in to see the hip hop extravaganza, a 7% increase over last year's show.