Australian pop hit maker Sia Furler—known simply in the pop world as Sia—caught a bit of flack from the LGBTA community for appearing as a guest on rapper Eminem’s newest album “Marshall Mathers LP 2.” The openly bisexual singer (whose songwriting credits dance from galactic hits like Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and the Shakira track “She Wolf” to the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “The Great Gatsby” soundtracks) is featured in a bonus track on “Marshal Mathers.”
The song, titled “Beautiful Pain,” is a glossy hip-hop/pop ballad, which shows a more emotional and self-improving side from the rapper that isn’t often on public display. With Sia’s dark, soaring chorus: “Standing in the flames it’s a beautiful kind of pain, setting fire to yesterday,” the emotional ante is taken to a level beyond what “the real Slim Shady” usually conveys.
With lyrics in his “Rap God” track including the lines “you fags think it’s all a game” and “little gay-looking boy/ So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy,” the rapper has attracted the ire of the LGBTA community, and Sia as well by association.
In defense of the hip-hop artist, Sia assured press that Eminem was just playing a character. “I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist.”
To redirect some of the fallout, Sia will be donating the proceeds from the new single to homeless LGBT youth in Los Angeles. According to SheWired, her donations will help pay for “a 50-bed shelter, a transitional living program, medical care, meals, clothing, counseling, GED prep programs, job placement services and more” at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.