9 Reasons To Fall In Love With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Seattle hip-hop duo are blowing up right now and for good reason. Here's a primer for the uninitiated.
1. "Can't Hold Us" (Live on KEXP)
2. "Thrift Shop"
3. Jabari Presents: "Macklemore and Ryan Lewis," a Documentary
4. "Irish Celebration"
5. "Thin Line"
6. "My Oh My"
7. "Same Love"
8. A middle school teacher was suspended for playing "Same Love" in class.
Johnson said she allowed the song Same Love by the Seattle-based underground rapper Macklemore to be played during her eighth-grade class at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon at the request of a student.
Afterwards, however, another student went to the principal and complained about the song. Johnson was later informed that she would be suspended for three days, and she wouldn't be paid for two.
And this was Macklemore's amazing response.
I believe that Ms. Johnson getting suspended is completely out of line and unjust. However, I think it’s important for moments like these to be exposed and for us to pay attention and respond. This level of intolerance and fear is still very active in America, but at times is not completely visible. This incident is just one of tens of thousands that have happened across the country where schools have exposed a latent homophobia, preventing safe space for all young people to feel confident in being themselves. It’s clear that Ms. Johnson felt bullying and “gay bashing” were issues that needed to be addressed, and by doing so, was punished.
I wrote the song “Same Love,” not with the expectation that it would cure homophobia and lead to marriage equality across the US (although that’d be awesome). It was written with the hope that it would facilitate dialogue and through those conversations understanding and empathy would emerge. This incident demonstrates how too often we are quick to silence conversations that must be had. Even if people disagree, there is far more potential for progress when people are vocal and honestly expressing their thoughts about gay rights. When we are silent and avoid the issue, fear and hatred have a far greater life span.
It’s discouraging that a song about love and civil rights has led to a teacher getting suspended from her job. But that’s where we are at. For those of us who get a pit in our stomach when reading a story like this, it just makes it abundantly clear there is far more work to be done.
Why this is awesome: If you don't know why this is awesome, then I don't even know what to tell you.