When Eminem appeared on the BET Hip Hop Awards earlier this year, he did so as part of a pretaped cypher, where he delivered a no-holds-barred freestyle that ripped Donald Trump to shreds. He now tells Elton John for Interview that the whole thing was meant to go down live
But, though personal insults directly addressed to a particular person might be punishable "fighting words," general statements that are posted for the public at large to see are constitutionally protected.
In 2008, while Barack Obama was campaigning for the presidency, many Americans were deeply concerned about his background as well as his ideology. Among many other issues, they were profoundly disturbed by his admitted friendships with Marxist professors and assorted socialists and anti-American zealots. His notion of wealth redistribution was also, at that time, a concept foreign to Americans, who had always believed that success and wealth come from hard work, not redistribution by the...