Detroit: Stand Up – Veronika Scott
On February 13th, 2011 at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, Eminem cleaned up yet again winning Best Rap Album for his release, “Recovery.” As he was leaving the stage, at the conclusion of his acceptance speech, Eminem called out, “What up, Detroit? Stand up!”
Just a week earlier, Eminem was featured in the Chrysler 200 ad that ran during the Super Bowl. In the commercial, shots of a run-down Detroit are juxtaposed with Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and a voice-over that expresses what’s right about the Motor City. It’s a commercial that speaks to Detroit’s ability to overcome. Its grit. Our people’s toughness. Eminem and Chrysler were praised for the ad.
On both occasions, my twitter page went ablaze. I saw tweets like, “Detroit! Stand Up!” Tweets like, “Eminem!!! Doing it for Detroit!!!” “Detroit is back!!! Shout out to Eminem!” Tweet after tweet. After Tweet.
I sat on my couch perplexed.