Pop singer Sia is giving back to her community.
Sia, who collaborated with Eminem on the track “Beautiful Plan” off Marshall Mathers LP 2, is planning to donate money she earns from the track to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. This decision follows her fans criticizing her for making a song with an artist who uses homophobic slurs.
Since the Australian singer identities herself as “queer,” she has decided that all funds she makes from the song will benefit homeless LGBT youth. After some scrutiny from Huffington Post blogger Keo Nozari, who tweeted her disappointment to Sia, she replied with a thoughtful response.
“I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist. I would never work with someone I believed to be homophobic. I respect that he can be misinterpreted in the worst way by the ignorami, and that scares me, but I respect him as an artist and person.” She continued to say that Eminem’s Slim Shady alter ego represents “worst and darkest bile of America.” Lastly, she added that it can difficult to tell the difference between his character and the rapper.
“I am queer, and I love my queers, young and old,” she added. “I thought Slim Shady had been put to bed.”
[via Rolling Stone]