You better lose yourself in confusion, it’s crazy / We don’t know, is it two thousand and three? / We thought you got one shot, you missed your chance to blow / but opportunity came twice in a lifetime
Seventeen years after winning the Oscar for Best Original Song, Eminem finally showed up to perform it live in a surprise appearance during Sunday night’s Academy Awards. #OscarsSoHuh?
The unexpected performance was certainly full of life and energy, but social media immediately lost themselves trying to figure out why he was there. Why couldn’t he have just waited two more years so it could be the 20th anniversary?
Making it even more unfathomable, the normally very vocal and very political Em had nothing more to say than the lyrics to his song in his first-ever appearance at the Oscars. Sure, it’s always an inspirational message, but in another year of #OscarsSoWhite, Twitter wasn’t sure why another white performer had to be brought up.
Sure, he’s an Oscar winner, but where were Three 6 Mafia or Common if they wanted a rapper so bad?
By way of explanation, Eminem only said that he had “another shot, another opportunity,” in a tweet following his surprise appearance. Em failed to appear at the Oscars when “Lose Yourself” won back in 2003.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 10, 2020
But even this wasn’t enough to satisfy Twitter, who got his name trending across Twitter as high as number two (just below the Oscars themselves). While Em has his fans and they were stoked, most of that chatter could be still be summed up in three letters: WTF? Check out some of the best reactions below:
— Austin Powers (@AustinTheMenace) February 10, 2020
— Done Moving Dumb (@donemovingdumb) February 10, 2020
…why did Eminem just happen tho? #AcademyAwards
— Sara Novi? (@NovicSara) February 10, 2020
— Erin Quinn (@erinquinn_95) February 10, 2020
His palms are sweaty
arms are heavy pic.twitter.com/hHatqc2Jo9
— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) February 10, 2020
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 10, 2020
— Charles Faselle (@narles15) February 10, 2020
— E! News (@enews) February 10, 2020
— Chris Coltrane (@ColtraneChris) February 10, 2020
— ? (@thatsrach) February 10, 2020
— Kat McPhee (@katharinemcphee) February 10, 2020
Why is everyone confused about Eminem playing? It’s the 18th anniversary of this song
— Mike Ryan (Ruiz) (@MichaelRyanRuiz) February 10, 2020
Why was this old man Eminem invited? pic.twitter.com/Ej0tggEuXs
— roses_and_cops (@rose4prez) February 10, 2020
— Cait (@cbclaw7) February 10, 2020
— TVDiva (@diva_tv) February 10, 2020
why is eminem performing?? what is the connection. is it just to give us reaction shots of Scorsese reconsidering the life choices he’s made that led him here
— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) February 10, 2020
Having Eminem perform a song from 2002 is what happens when you don’t have a host. #Oscar2020
— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) February 10, 2020