Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were the biggest story of Sunday night’s Grammys, winning multiple awards and performing his gay rights anthem “Same Love” with Madonna while Queen Latifah officiated a mass wedding ceremony.
Even Ellen DeGeneres introduced a performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on her show last year by saying that “no other artists in hip-hop history have ever taken a stand defending marriage equality the way they have.”
Though many appreciate the message there are some that feel that rapper (and possible former gay escort) Macklemore is overshadowing an entire genre of openly LGBT hip-hop artists who have been rapping about equality for years.
So, we pose the question to you Queerty members: Is The LGBT Community Praising Macklemore At The Expense Of LGBT Musicians?
The LGBTQ community has a varied and rich tapestry of musicians whose work is/was never lauded outside of the underground community. I, myself, have even made a list of them and posted said list here in QUEERTY’s comment section because I grew tired of the same uninteresting music articles always posted.
Just because one is ignorant and chooses to be spoonfed what they should be appreciating, doesn’t mean the alternative doesn’t exist. And I am happy to say that it’s about high time this community gets a taste of privilege; heterosexual-privilege.
Ah, the intellectual and mature response. Ignore what challenges you.
I will refuse to name artists, but I think if the community at large stopped paying attention to vapid, color-by-numbers mainstream fluff and begin to dig deeper, only then will you see a shift. I’m not saying that there isn’t a place for disposable pop music, but when your community is known for only highlighting a narrow margin, then you deserve your stereotype.
And to that point, why should anyone care about an empty, artless award like a Grammy, myself included.
There’s a lot of sociopolitical stuff at play. This man just swept the Rap Grammys but his music doesn’t really play on urban radio. It plays on pop and top40. So how’d he win a Grammy in a category whose radio stations don’t play his work? He played well on White radio. And good on him, but he should have been up for pop records, not just Rap.
Furthermore, I’m not mad at Macklemore he’s in a horrible position. The media and Ellen have painted him as the savior of hip-hop from homophobia or the only one speaking on it. But there are queer urban artists! I do appreciate that he’s using his white and straight privilege to do the right thing but being Black and queer, I just don’t have the same access.
And I resent him becoming the mouthpiece of a movement, instead of playing his position. Use the platform to present queer hip-hop artists who rock.
Tangentially, that Mary Lambert EP is fantastic.
It is not a stupid question, and QUEERTY isn’t the first to pose it.
To flesh-out my point, Macklemore is not using his white, heterosexual privilege to make a point. Even Macklemore had to admit that he “robbed” the more genuine recipient of the best new artist award, though he did it in the mist cowardly way possible; second, being that where he sits right now was made possible by the LGBTQ community, where is his support for our artists? It’s not there.
Again, just one in a very long line of white, heterosexual men whose purpose in life is to be the hero. The savior.
Who says anything about alienating? How does support for our own turn into alienating allies?
Oh, OK then! I am all for alienation.
Yes. Hopefully this white, heterosexual man will open doors for us gays to follow then through, yet again.
Alls I am saying, gentlemen, is don’t stop digging and looking.
Hey, Derek, that allienation-biz was a joke.
I think you either misread or I am being too much of a stickler. Most if the bands, artists, etc., I listen to are straight. I mean, some members might be queer, but it’s pretty much a non-issue unless they are a political band.
I do not envy Macklemore one bit. I’m sure he’s a nice guy and all, but he seems unsure of how to handle his privilege; and make no mistake that it is is inherent privilege that’s playing a huge part of getting him where he is. People tend to think of privilege as something that is bad. It isn’t. He can’t help being born straight just as I can’t help being born gay. It is how one acts on that privilege that’s the litmus test, and all I see is just another, privileged guy ignoring that privilege instead of checking it.
Not sure if I answered your question adequately.
But I do HIGHLY agree that Queerty is just one in many gay blogs that do not choose to dig deeper and expose their readers to something different. In that manner, yes, Queerty is ridiculously out of step
Are you kidding me? Have you heard any of those artists mentioned, or are you content enough to talk out of your butt.
Checkout Cakes da Killa’s “Goodies.” One of the best qualities I dig about most LGBTQ rappers is that their beats are heavily focused towards the dance floor. Wicked flow, incredible rhythm.
Shit. Ergane! I am horrible at typing/tagging on my phone. That wasn’t meant for you. Sorry!
No pity for the majority.
Gays needs to start thinking like all historically marginalized groups: blacks and women never wanted to assimilate; they just want equal rights and protection under the law. Somewhere along the line we figure we need to conform and ask for help. Nah. Screw that.
DShucking, I have! I belong to a large community of artists, filmmakers, and musicians of all and indeterminate identities. Thanks for asking, and if you would like for me to provide you with artists working outside of the mainstream, I would be more than happy to do so.
Ah, “hipster!” The universal ad hominem towards someone when uses critical thinking. Well, I am a HUGE Simon Pegg fan, but you are correct in that I haven’t seen his latest. And, yeah, I do have a critical ear when it comes to music, and you should too.
Also, I like mainstream, popular stuff. There is room for everything. Kinda.
To be clear: I am not a hipster. Throwing that word around is tantamount to calling someone “emo,” it’s an empty, useless word.
I’m honored that you’ve noticed! :-)
Please forgive me if I am being presumptive, but in my experience, it is only straight, white men who feel as you do. Being that you’re posting in the Comments section of a gay blog, I’ll cut my losses and just presume you’re a white guy. That’s awesome! I dig white guys. A lot. The thing is, though, many of you seem to have grown tired with people who don’t get to take advantage of your privilege pointing it out to you. Believe me, man, I would as well! However, good lord, if that was the only thing I had to deal with, I would be more awesome than I already am!
This article, written by a white person, mind you, eloquently explains what I fumble often. Check it out:
Fucking commapalooza up there! Sorry about that; hope it reads clearly.
Personally I do not think it matters once the individual is supporting the cause. The pie is big enough for everyone to enjoy a slice.