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Perfume Genius Says He Plans to “Joust” with Eminem at Coachella

DUBLIN, IRELAND - DECEMBER 02: Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius performs live at the Tivoli Theatre on December 2, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Kieran Frost/Redferns)

This year’s Coachella lineup has now been unveiled in full, with Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Eminem to headline the annual Indio, California retreat. While others were announcing performances at the festival, Perfume Genius, who’s scheduled to play Friday, took social media to let it be known that he’s “jousting” Eminem this year. On Twitter, the musician wrote, “For everyone asking…Yes I plan on fighting Eminem at Coachella. I want to joust.”


The 36-year-old songwriter and queer icon has had it out for the rapper for the last few years, selling so-called “Feminem” t-shirts with the rapper’s face in drag at his shows in 2014. Later that year, he wrote that he “could destroy him with Just a Look, someone put us in a room together and watch Eminem slowly wither from my witch glance.”


Asked about his stance on rapper in interviews, Perfume Genius (born Mike Hadreas) once called him an “asshole” and “boring.” With Hadreas billed on the festival’s first day and Marshall Mathers scheduled to headline Day Three of the two-weekend festival, who knows if the the two will actually cross paths, but if Em’s still hard at work coming up with new ways to eviscerate Donald Trump, it’s hard to think Perfume Genius is really on his radar.