MTV News Probes "When Lyrics Attack"

While the controversy surrounding lyrical content and its purported impact on listeners is hardly new, perhaps no one artist has raised the bar on this heated cultural debate more than Eminem.

Em's incendiary album "The Marshall Mathers LP" is riddled with hostile and violent lyrics aimed toward women, homosexuals, and the human race in general from beginning to end, reigniting an age-old dispute regarding artistic license and artistic responsibility.

On August 21 at 7:30 p.m. (ET), an MTV News Now Special Report, "When Lyrics Attack," explores this raging conflict from all sides, hearing from artists, fans, activists, cultural critics, and Em himself.

Hosted by MTV News correspondent Kurt Loder, "When Lyrics Attack" will lead viewers through the maze of arguments and counterarguments central to the debate, examining such crucial issues as the potential impact of hostile lyrics; First Amendment rights vs. an artist's responsibility; and the divide

between an artist's intentions and how his or her lyrics are actually construed. Going to the most recent source of contention, the hour-long special first talks to Eminem, who answers to his critics, shares his thoughts on the controversy, and reveals his motivations and intentions behind his provocative lyrics.

Immediately following the show, Loder, show producer Jim Fraenkel, and GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Executive Director Joan Garry will participate in an online chat right here at MTV.com.