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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 10/11/2010

Celebrating Columbus Day with Eminem, Anderson Cooper and embedded video

By Liz Kelly

In fourteen-hundred-ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
Which leads directly to -- (ahem)
A bit of fluff on Eminem
-- courtesy Gene Weingarten


Let me drop some knowledge on you. If we have anyone to thank for the phenomenon that is Eminem, it is Dr. Dre. But today we can also thank Christopher Columbus for (arguably) discovering America, which led, eventually, to the founding of Detroit, the city from which one Marshall Bruce Mathers (aka Eminem) emerged to dazzle us (or not) with his wicka-wicka wordsmithing and hardscrabble story. Which in turn led to Em's being interviewed by Anderson Cooper on Sunday evening's "60 Minutes."

Em opened up about his rough childhood in Detroit, his strained relationship with his parents, why he's been singled out for the anti-gay slurs in his raps (because he's white, apparently) and his rise from street rhymer to rap star. He also, most importantly, clears up the whole "nothing rhymes with orange" debate. Apparently, "storage" and "porridge" will both do in a pinch.

Don't have time to watch the 13-minute interview? Get the salient points by watching the 2:18 minute trailer for "8 Mile" -- the 2002 movie about Eminem, starring Eminem as himself and Kim Basinger as his mom. Maybe Andersoon Cooper hadn't seen it.

If you have more time to waste (why are you at work anyway, right?) be sure to watch this super-meta "60 Minutes Overtime" clip in which CBS producer Ann Silvio interviews Anderson Cooper about interviewing Eminem (First gripping question: "What was it like walking down the streets of Detroit with Eminem?"):

You're welcome.

By Liz Kelly  | October 11, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
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Ahem, the Vikings were the first Europeans to land in America, long before Chris.

(Also, Eminem gave "door-hinge" as another rhyme for orange).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 11, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Liz, you distribute your eh, "favors"so freely!

For the sake of your reputation and our mentality, in the future, please be a bit more discerning.

Your truly,


Posted by: elias_howe | October 11, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I was gonna say, we can't possibly be celebrating National Coming Out Day with Eminem. I had forgotten today is Columbus Day, damn my job.

Posted by: northgs | October 11, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee, another important, high culture interview. Make sure the kiddies watch it.

As for the mass murderer Columbus, I invite you to visit my blog post about Columbus Day:

Oh, and how do you discover a place if people are already living there?

Take care,
Adrian Zupp

Posted by: AdrianZupp | October 11, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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