Poor thing

Straight white rapper releases song about how oppressed he is on the eve of Pride month

Tom Macdonald

Pride season is upon us. There’s a gay man running for President of the United States. And the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is less than a month away.

So rapper Tom MacDonald thought it would a great time to release his latest single “Straight White Male,” a #NotAllMen hip hop anthem about how he’s sick of being called a racist, sexist homophobe when he swears he’s anything but.

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Some of the song’s lyrics include verses like:

I’m not a Nazi
I like black people, black Jesus, black Santa, black coffee
I’m not a racist
I like Hispanics and Negroes and Natives and Asians
Black Power says I’m the problem (Yeah)
Girl Power says I’m the issue (Yeah)
Gay rights think I’m tryna stop ’em (Woo)
All of y’all trippin’ I’ll get you some tissues (Ahh)

Other lyrics include lines like “Honestly I think that everyone looks alike/If they aren’t white then I’m sorry, it’s true” and “Y’all blame me for wages we’re payin’ the women/Y’all blame me for rights that gay people aren’t given.”

We could go on, but we think you get the point.

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Last weekend, MacDonald tweeted: “If you don’t think STRAIGHT WHITE MALES are demonized in 2019, you’re trippin.”

The music video, which was released just five days ago, has already racked up over 1.3 million views on Youtube.

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Yesterday, MacDonald, whose other song credits include “White Boy,” “Politically Incorrect,” and “Everybody Hates Me,” issued a statement saying he meant for his new single and its accompanying video to be “satirical” and “rooted in comedy.”

But most people aren’t buying the whole “Relax! It’s a joke!” excuse. Generally speaking, for something to be satirical, it has to be 1. funny,  and 2. offer some kind of meaningful insight or criticism.

Jacqueline Arias at the pop culture blog Preen writes:

Satire is meant to “criticize people or ideas in a humorous way, especially in order to make a political point.” Tom misses the mark every time because his brand of humor is neither compelling nor encourages some kind of change. It’s internet troll behavior—he provokes people, waits for angry reactions, then calls them stupid for “not getting it” or overreacting.

For Tom to release a supposedly satirical song where he’s painting himself as the good guy of the White community, it just doesn’t sit well. Contrary to what many of his fans have said, this isn’t a productive way to use one’s straight White male privilege.

Watch the video for “Straight White Male” below. Or don’t.

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