macklemore: “don’t shit on other people just because they’re of a different race or because of their sexuality.”
the world: “hey, lets shit on macklemore because he’s straight and white; therefore he shouldn’t be spreading a good message because he’s already privileged.”
More like….Macklemore is often treated as the only rapper with any knowledge/caring about queer issues. This is wrong. Queer issues are being rapped about by queer people (here is a partial list), but they are routinely ignored.
This is a statement of acceptance made by someone who is already accepted. Very simply—he is given too much credit.
There’s another issue here about the expectation that queers should be grateful for support. We should routinely thank and cater to straight people who speak to our issues (think of how often straight people are on the cover of The Advocate). Why? We can do this, are doing this, within our own community. But the majority won’t listen when it comes from us.
They need to hear it from straight cis white men, or else it doesn’t count.