Even if it meant acting stupid

from Eminem – Beautiful Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Em had a reputation for being the class clown in school.

This also ties back in with the earlier line “I just hide behind the tears of clown”. He tries to hide and detach himself from the pain in his childhood and whatever difficulties he’s going through by making people laugh and being the funny guy. All he wanted was to be accepted.

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