Eminem is known for saying exactly what he feels, but even he thought twice before lampooning Jessica Simpson in his latest video. In the video for “We Made You,” a heavy Simpson lookalike eats a hamburger and gyrates in her daisy dukes with a Tony Romo lookalike.
“Tony Romo is one of my favorite quarterbacks,” Eminem tells Detroit’s Metro Times. “So I felt kinda conflicted doing the Jessica thing.”
The original plan was to have a slender Jessica Simpson lookalike in the video. “When I say, ‘Jessica Simpson, sing the chorus,’ we were gonna have a chick who looked like Jessica Simpson come out and sing,’ he says.
As the video was shooting, Simpson’s curvier figure started making headlines, prompting Eminem to change the video. “But then Jessica got fat,” he says. “I mean, not really fat but she certainly got fat for … well, Jessica Simpson got fat for Jessica Simpson!”
In the interview, Eminem says that his singles are “little time capsules of what’s going on in pop culture right at that moment.”
Sometimes, the little time capsules can ruffle some feathers. Nick Cannon recently wrote a scathing blog entry directed at the rapper over comments he made about Mariah Carey. It wasn’t the first time that a celebrity has tangled with Eminem; he has a history of high-profile feuds.
Still, he prefers historical accuracy over some occasional hurt feelings. “I’ve always wanted people to be able to look back at each video and go, ‘Oh, remember what was going on at that moment!’ ” he says. ” ‘Oh, that’s when Jessica Simpson got fat.’ And even if she gets thin again, that’s fine. But for that moment in time, she was fat.”