Sia Furler has revealed her plan to donate the proceeds from her collaboration with Eminem, "Beautiful Pain", to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. The Australia singer/songwriter made the decision after getting criticized for working with the Slim Shady on "MMLP2", which features tracks with homophobic lyrics.
In a Twitter chat with Huffington Post's contributor Keo Nozari, Sia said that she didn't think that Eminem was homophobic. "I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist," she explained. However, she's not happy when finding out many gay slurs appearing in the second installment of 2000's "The Marshall Mathers LP".
"When I heard 'Rap God' I was very anxious," she added, referring to a song in the album that has prompted backlash from some people including openly gay musicians. "He has a character called Slim Shady who represents the worst and darkest bile of America. I see how it can be unclear."
Sia's donation will help fund "a 50-bed shelter, a transitional living program, medical care, meals, clothing, counseling, GED prep programs, job placement services and more," according to the release from the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.
Meanwhile, Eminem recently opened up about the use of homo slurs in his "Rap God". Insisting that the song wasn't meant to hurt anyone, Eminem added that he never equated the word "f****t" to homosexuality.
"It was more like calling someone a b**ch or a punk or a**hole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then," he explained to Rolling Stone. "It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. And, not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career - man, I say so much s**t that's tongue-in-cheek."