Ever since the release of ‘Same Love’, Macklemore’s follow up to the smash hit ‘Thrift Shop’, there’s been a remarkable shift in the way the rapper is viewed. With his foray into the world of gay activism, the picture has been painted of a concerned, caring citizen Macklemore politely raising his hand and thoughtfully adding to the national conversation.
Unfortunately, the reality is quite different. ‘Same Love’ is the entertainer’s musical beat down to those who fail to reach his conclusions on same sex marriage. Spoiler alert! We’re bigots again!
Look in verse 1 where he pillories ‘right wing Conservatives’ who think orientation is a choice for not properly understanding their own, deeply held faith… and then turns directly around to say the bible isn’t really legit because… it’s old. Note that he mocks ‘America the Brave’ for being run by fear because it doesn’t have the wisdom to agree with his opinion.
Verse 2 includes this gem…
‘It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference!’
…in reference to the battles for gay marriage & an end to slavery. A person can believe that’s true all day long, but to declare it’s true simply because you believe it’s true is to paint an awful lot of people as successors to racism who just flat out don’t deserve it.
Throughout, he dismisses a religious objection to gay marriage using the very verses and lessons about love he’s gained from the Christian faith. He takes what he wants and leaves what’s inconvenient for his opinion, yet doesn’t quite explain how that works out for him.
This is a guy making profound, impact-ful truth claims to a wide audience based solely on his opinion. While I am all for the airing of one’s take on the big issues of the day, there comes a point when you’ve got to take a peek around you and realize who you are & what responsibility you have for the implications of what you’re saying.
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