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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 October, 2004, 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
Eminem video urges anti-Bush vote
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There are no plans to release the Eminem song Mosh as a single
Rapper Eminem has urged fans to vote President Bush out of office in next week's US election, in a music video that criticises the war in Iraq.

The animated video for Mosh depicts a US soldier returning home from Baghdad, only to be told he must go back.

"Let the President answer on high anarchy, strap him with an AK-47, let him go fight his own war," Eminem raps.

Released via the internet, the video ends with the rapper leading an army of fans to a voting booth.

'Coward empowered'

Directed by Ian Inaba of internet news site Guerilla News Network, the video depicts Eminem sticking anti-Bush headlines on a classroom wall.

It also shows a woman carrying groceries as she arrives home in the rain to discover she has been given an eviction notice.

"Maybe this is God just saying we're responsible for this monster, this coward that we have empowered," Eminem says.

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No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our soil
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He continues: "No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our soil."

The song concludes with Eminem stating: "If I get sniped tonight you'll know why, because I told you to fight."

Record label Interscope said there were no plans to release the song as a single, although it appears on Eminem's forthcoming album Encore.

"His new single is Just Lose It and while the video for that song shows the comical side of the album, this one shows its darker side," a spokesman said.

"Eminem previously had an underground video made for the song White America, and this seemed the best approach for a politically-charged song such as Mosh."

Boycott urged

Pop star Michael Jackson unsuccessfully urged TV stations to boycott Eminem's video for Just Lose It.

It featured Eminem dressed as Jackson and showed him on a bed with young boys. His nose also fell off and his hair caught fire.

MTV Europe was unavailable to comment on whether it would screen the Mosh video.

Eminem's anti-Bush sentiments followed the recent 36-city Vote For Change tour, in which artists such as Bruce Springsteen, REM and the Dixie Chicks urged US voters to oust President Bush.


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