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Five Ways Eminem's "High" ESPN Interview Is Pop Culture's Pro Wrestling Moment

Eminem has always explicitly played a character on his records, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised that he's playing one on TV now that he's re-dyed his hair and dumped his earnest Recovery/Chrysler commercial persona. Based on the reaction to his bizarre "high" ESPN interview with Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit, though, we were. (This is especially impressive on his part because these mid-game interviews with celebrities are always awkward and usually ignored.)

Assuming he wasn't actually high--this seems safe--it was a brilliant piece of promotion and character-building. It was also one of the best signs we have yet that pop culture is basically now pro wrestling for people who never thought nWo shirts were cool. (Granted, pro wrestling's been on my mind since I ranked the best WWF theme songs ever.)

Here's what pop stars have learned from pro wrestling:

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Dan Moore