Eminem Strikes Back At Canadian Critics

Eminem struck back at his Canadian critics during his Thursday night show in Toronto, labeling an activist who filed a hate-crimes complaint against him a "bitch," according to local press reports.

"I dedicate this next song to that bitch Valerie Smith," Eminem said before playing the critic-bashing track "The Way I Am," from his multiplatinum The Marshall Mathers LP, according to the Canadian Press wire service.

Smith, a Toronto resident, filed a criminal complaint against Eminem earlier this month, alleging that his violent lyrics violate Canadian hate-crime laws. That led Ontario's attorney general to demand on Wednesday that immigration officials bar the rapper from entering the country.

But Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) entered Canada without difficulty on Thursday after officials determined that they had no grounds on which to keep him out.

Eminem reportedly began his set at the Toronto Skydome with "Kill You," one of

the songs that sparked Smith's complaint.

"Slut, you think I won't choke no whore/ Till her vocal cords don't work in her throat no more," Eminem raps on "Kill You," which includes the refrain, "Bitch, I'm'ma kill you."

"Bet you didn't think I was going to do that one, did you?" he said to the crowd after performing the song, according to the Canadian Press.

Smith said on Friday (October 27) that she wasn't bothered by Eminem's attack.

"I consider this a major achievement," she said. "If you work on these issues and your enemies don't know who you are ... you might as well pack up your tent and go home."

Detective Rob Cooper, a hate-crimes investigator with the Toronto police, said Friday that no charges will be brought against Eminem, in part because women are not a protected category in Canada's hate-crime laws. He added that he had received no complaints about Thursday's show.

Smith had asked that Eminem's songs be classified

as hate propaganda under Section 319 of the Canadian Criminal Code, which prohibits "communicating statements, other than in private conversation, [that] willfully [promote] hatred against an identifiable group." In the code, "identifiable group" refers to color, race, religion or ethnic origin.

Eminem is scheduled to play another show in Canada with the Anger Management Tour on Friday at Montreal's Molson Centre.

The tour also includes Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and Xzibit.