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Eminem: Manchester Arena

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 9 February 2001

EMINEM'S REPUTATION as world's number one bad boy rapper precedes him. Amid scenes reminiscent of the Sex Pistols, his records have been banned by student unions. Prior to this opening night of his much-publicised UK visit, Manchester council and police forces placed restrictions on the show. Meanwhile, outside the venue, gay rights groups are up in arms about the singer's lyrical use of violent imagery and supposed homophobia. In front of police lines, people distribute leaflets claiming "Eminem has gone too far".

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