As of Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 11) Eminem’s anti-Trump freestyle titled “The Storm” — which began going viral as soon as it aired during BET’s Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night (Oct. 10) — had garnered over two million tweets. On Wednesday night, hosts of the late-night talk show circuit had their turn to sound off.
Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, unsurprisingly took a satirical take with “Deleted Scenes From Eminem’s Trump Diss.” The skit features a white couple sitting in their car in the same parking garage that Eminem rapped from, as he’s rapping. “Is that Macklemore?” the white woman asks earnestly. “I think that’s Macklemore.”
Her husband at the wheel threatens to beep his horn at Eminem and his crew. He honks and Eminem is not phased. “It is infectious, though,” the man screams. “We’re with you, Macklemore!”
Following Colbert on CBS was The Late Late Show with James Corden where Corden used his monologue to hit on Eminem’s rap attack. “More and more celebrities are speaking out against the president,” Corden said. “Last night, the rapper Eminem attacked President Trump in a freestyle rap video that aired at the BET Awards. Now, the title of Eminem’s rap was ‘The Storm,’ so naturally Donald Trump reacted by throwing rolls of paper towels at it” — this referring to Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico earlier this month after Hurricane Maria devastated the country.
“The video had a very raw feel to it,” Corden continued. “It was Eminem rapping straight to one camera in a parking garage. We have a photo of it here. It was a really intense shoot. Not because Eminem was taking the down the president but because they had to get the whole crew out of the parking structure in under an hour or it was going to be 20 bucks a car. Eminem’s lyrics were politically charged. He defended the NFL players who have been kneeling during the national anthem, and later, Donald Trump responded with his own rap that went: ‘Will the NFL players please stand up, please stand up, please stand up'” — this referring to Eminem’s classic “The Real Slim Shady.”
Over on NBC, Jimmy Fallon delivered a Trump-centric monologue on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “Here’s what people are talking about,” Fallon began. “This morning, President Trump went on a Twitter rant about ‘fake news’ and threatened to revoke NBC’s broadcast license. America’s like, ‘Hey, you can threaten our democracy, but you do not mess with This Is Us. Then later in the day Trump said it’s disgusting that the press is allowed to write whatever it wants to write.”
“Last night at the BET Awards, Eminem did a four-minute freestyle rap criticizing Trump,” he continued. “Of course, the president isn’t just gonna ignore something like that so today, Trump clapped back with a freestyle rap of his own. It’s a clap-back. Check this out.” A mash-up compilation of Trump appeared on screen making it appear that he was actually (poorly) rapping.
“I think Trump was mad,” Fallon said after the clip finished. “But he was also a little bit confused because today he told people to boycott the M&M store.”
Jimmy Kimmel noted the freestyle as well by stating, “The big story out of BET last night was Eminem launching a five-minute freestyle attack on Donald Trump. It was very well-done. He even found a way to rhyme the word ‘orange,’ which had been previously thought impossible.”
While Seth Meyers (Late Night With Seth Meyes) simply said, “My name is Seth and I’m here to say, if you like Trump then go away.”