Sunday, October 13, 2013

Teacher Suspended for showing "Same Love" by Macklemore

Basically, what happened was that a teacher In North Carolina had shown “Same Love” by Macklemore  to his class of 13 year old “pre-pubescent” students. The issue is whether it is school or age appropriate, because there is kissing between men. (The teacher, subject, and lesson plan were not given and this has happened at another school on the same video) For some reason, this has become a continuous debate in politics because of his “bash” against conservatives.
Today, Macklemore finally responded: (from the article so there is speech dialogue)"This level of intolerance and fear is still very active in America, but at times is not completely visible," Macklemore wrote on his website. "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."
He said he wrote the song "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."
“"Same Love" won the 2013 MTV Video Music Award for best hip-hop video with a social message last month.”
I think that this controversy and reprimanding is ridiculous. What people are worried about aren’t the fact if it’s “age-appropriate,” but that it’s two men kissing. No one makes a big deal when watching implied sex in the Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, or any other curriculum based movies; in fact, I read a Lesson Before Dying with a VERY detailed intercourse scene while in Middle School. Also, most kids hit puberty by then there’s nothing “pre” about middle school. I think that this video is in fact very important with what is happening currently. One person can even try to correlate the legalization of gay marriage through pop culture; Macklemore had been released before this decision and can be said to have helped the LGBTQ movement. Actually, my family and I are all Macklemore fans and he is currently my favorite rapper and that’s saying something, because I otherwise hate it. If you would like to see this “controversial” video yourself, click the first link: (Preview)
By the way Macklemore also performed: Can’t Hold Us and Thrift Shop

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