More Macklemore, less Robin Thicke.
And yet a huge percentage of Tumblr hates him. Not trying to be confrontational, but could someone please explain to me why this is?
Because he is a straight white guy and Tumblr isn’t always right.
Yup. A lot of people like to ignore all the good things he does simply because he is part of the privileged. Never mind that he flat out acknowledges this in Same Love. (“I may not be the same, but that’s not important.”)
BLESS YOUR SOULS.
BLESS YOUR FUCKING SOULS.
I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT STAND THAT FUCKING A LOT OF TUMBLR HATES MACKLEMORE.
BECAUSE HONESTLY, HE WAS EVERYTHING THEY WERE COMPLAINING WHITE PEOPLE AREN’T AND NOW THAT THEY GOT A FUCKING ROLEMODEL THEY SUDDENLY COMPLAIN?????? BECAUSE HE’S WHITE?????
Macklemore grew up privileged, yes, but he understands the inequality and the disturbing gap between rich and poor. He has a song called White Privilege:
"Hiphop started off in a block that I’ve never been to
To counter act a struggle that I’ve never even been through
If I think I understand just because I flow too
That means I’m not keeping it true, nope.”
"But as I’m blessed with the privilege, they’re still left with the scars"
AND HAVE YOU HEARD HIS SONG CLAIMING THE CITY???
"I grew up on Capitol Hill,
With two parents and two cars.
They had a beautiful marriage, we even had a swing set in our yard.
My mom didn’t have a job, because my dad made enough money that we could live comfortably and he could support us.
Now, he commute to Tacoma, so we knew we be good.
But then I realized everybody looked just like me in my neighborhood.
I go to school, which was diverse.
But indeed us, I got sandwiches and Capri Suns well my friends ate their free lunch.
It’s crazy trying to look back, cause when I was growing up
I didn’t understand the fact was there’s something called a social status.
And my black friends wanted my financial bracket.
And then my city’s divided,
From neighborhood to neighborhood
We’re polarized but we claim we’re progressive.
The police shoot in the hood but never once in my residence.
As a white person been shot at we’d stopped in a Lexus.
And to think that we have claimed that so much has changed”
OH GOODNESS ME, HE’S SUCH AN ASSHOLE. HE’S SO PRIVILEGED GOD.
HOW ABOUT A WAKE???
"Don’t wanna be that white dude, million man marchin’
Fighting for our freedom that my people stole
Don’t wanna make all my white fans uncomfortable
But you don’t even have a fuckin’ song for radio
Why you out here talkin race, tryin’ to save the fuckin’ globe
Don’t get involved with the causes in mind
White privilege, white guilt, at the same damn time
So we just party like it’s nineteen ninety nine
Celebrate the ignorance while these kids keep dying.”
Tumblr needs to hop down off it’s high fucking horse and instead of turning against a potential role model and ally to all that they’ve been fucking preaching about JUST BECAUSE HE’S PRIVILEGED AND WHITE, maybe make him an icon because he’s not rapping about disrespecting women. He’s making a small change. But because he grew up with a well structured family environment and he was able to afford everything he desired, he’s suddenly the enemy.
Macklemore hate is proof that Tumblr’s brand of militant social justice is just made up of a bunch of people with either a victimization fetish and/or a hateful, angry heart seeking acceptable targets, and they then proceed to poison the people that really just want to do good, ultimately mangling a good cause beyond recognition.
And 99% of people who complain about the first lyric of “Same Love” have never actually listened beyond that. Somebody tells them “The song starts with ‘when i was in the third grade i thought that i was gay’” and they start clutching their pearls because surely the whole song is just some straight dude making lgbtqa rights all about him and how he thinks because he thought he was gay when he was eight he knows all about it. And maybe it’s not the best way to word the beginning of the song, BUT IF YOU ACTUALLY LISTEN OR READ BEYOND THAT it turns out it’s a segue into talking about ridiculous stereotypes and preconceived ideas about sexuality and questioning why someone would think it was a bad idea to be gay in the first place. And then it goes on to discuss the homophobia inherent in the music genre he’s a part of and calling his peers out on slurs and derogatory language and hypocrisy in religion, and it beautifully features Mary fucking Lambert, and goddammit I had trouble driving home when I first heard it in the car because I was fucking crying.
Macklemore is a privileged individual who consistently and vocally acknowledges his privileges and strives to use it to do legitimate good, which is everything Tumblr claims it wants, but as soon as he starts, they scream for him to shut up. Because their need to rage and scream and hate and wallow in willful ignorance is more important to them than seeing actual change take place anywhere in the world.
so glad i came across this post. you have to remember that tumblr :so called “activists” like to comment on anything that seems potentially bad, even if that means over-shadowing great points and progress that a lot of people, both gay and straight have wished for.
I’ve never seen any Macklemore hate personally, but I liked this.
Just to make it clear I’m kind of sick so I may not be able to give out something that’s my usual response but I’ll try my 100% with what I’m dealing with right now.
Okay so I’ve seen the post but I can’t just let it go. You’re claiming that militant people on Tumblr are just racist. No, we’re upset because Macklemore won awards he didn’t deserve. He won 4 grammy awards for best new artist, best rap album, best song (For thriftshop, not even the gay rights or the black privilege song), and best rap performance for the song Thrift Shop. You’re putting out this post making it seem like he’s respected for gay rights songs when in the view of white America and the Grammy’s, he’s only viewed for Thrift Shop and getting a 33 couples married.
No we don’t have a problem with him making gay rights songs or songs about White Priviledge, in fact we support him doing that along with the songs on his album about how it’s wrong to support Nike for example. What we have a problem with is how he makes it convenient for him to speak about it. When have you heard anybody in the media speak about the white privilege song? But you’ve seen him when after the Grammy’s he on the low text Kendrick how he felt Dot deserved the awards and then he put it out on instagram showing that he wanted to say something but he didn’t feel like it. That’s some punk shit because a real man would of just kept it between himself and Kendrick and then just accepted the awards, or given him the awards if not on stage at least later on.
Hell even the album was called the Heist, Kendrick Lamar, a rapper who spoke on the dangers of peer pressure, alcohol, weed and put it all into a story that went on from song to song was considered not #1. Considered the greatest lyricist but naw, give it to the the album that was literally titled the Heist.
We have a problem with how the media and many people on tumblr view Macklemore as the only person who’s spoken about anything conscious in rap, even going as far as to make pictures displaying him as a great rapper. Now his messages may be good but he’s a terrible lyricist in my eyes, he’s no Lupe Fiasco, no Immortal Technique, no Talib Kweli, no Capital Steez, Erykah Badu, no Kanye West, no Common, no Yasiin Bey, no Ab-Soul. These are all current rappers that speak on real issues, spirituality, corruption in America, rights for all people, they speak on so many issues that yall are sleeping on, even going as far as to call some of them crazy just because of how they portray their information.
But yall just want to praise this white knight huh? Smh, next if you actually paid attention to him he isn’t as clean as you want him to be.
Macklemore dresses as a strerotypical Jewish man.
Remember that rock n roll was started by Chuck Berry but was stolen by Elvis and now is thought of as a white music genre. Jazz was something that was started by the Brooklyn renaissance, New Orleans, and Africa but now is plagued by white men in fedoras in cheap zoot suits, and sunglasses. Hip Hop was something started by black people in New York and we don’t want it to be taken over and white washed.