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October 2, 2012 12:43 PM   Subscribe

Same Love. A song and film produced by Seattle hip hop artist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in support of legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington State.
posted by Apropos of Something (17 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Washington has a Democratic governor, and Democratic majorities in both their Senate and House of Representatives. Why do they need a referendum?
posted by rocket88 at 12:56 PM on October 2, 2012


rocket88: "Washington has a Democratic governor, and Democratic majorities in both their Senate and House of Representatives. Why do they need a referendum"

Same-sex marriage was legalized here by the legislature in February 2012. The religious right managed to scare up enough signatures to suspend the bill and require a state-wide referendum. Referendum 74 (which I meant to post in the OP, damned keyboard) is a measure to approve the legislature's prior action.
posted by Apropos of Something at 12:59 PM on October 2, 2012


That was beautifully produced, thank you for sharing it. Now I need to get some dust out of my eye.
posted by Doleful Creature at 1:02 PM on October 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really loved that, and I know I'm not the only one who's a little teary.

I really appreciate that this song is from, and from the point of view of, a straight ally. As a bi/gay woman I tend to get overwhelmed and suffer from outrage fatigue, and I need people for whom this fight isn't as personal as it is for me, to take up the slack. We're getting the straight majority on our side, and I love it when they speak up. It makes me feel personally supported.
posted by arcticwoman at 1:10 PM on October 2, 2012 [10 favorites]


Washington has a Democratic governor, and Democratic majorities in both their Senate and House of Representatives. Why do they need a referendum?

Article II of Washington's Constitution allows for a referendum.
posted by MoonOrb at 1:28 PM on October 2, 2012


Needs more GWAR. Just kidding, this is great.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:31 PM on October 2, 2012


holy shit that made me cry.
posted by sio42 at 1:56 PM on October 2, 2012


MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS - THRIFT SHOP FEAT. WANZ

These guys are surprisingly great.
posted by wemayfreeze at 2:00 PM on October 2, 2012 [12 favorites]


Macklemore has a pretty great song and video about tying his youth to the Seattle Mariners, a memorium for the late Dave Neihaus, "The Voice of the Seattle Mariners," which is to say the decades-long announcer for the Mariners games on radio. Capturing Neihaus' catchphrase, the song is "My Oh My."

And recently they released a hilarious video featuring Macklemore as a very frugal hip-hop artist. "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz-- features some heavy-duty language, but only offensive images are crimes against fashion. It's the antidote for this maudlin stuff.
posted by Sunburnt at 2:03 PM on October 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


Made me tear up - just beautiful video!
posted by leslies at 2:07 PM on October 2, 2012


oh lord - that thrift shop one is too funny. Guy has range!
posted by leslies at 2:12 PM on October 2, 2012


People sometimes really, really fuck with my ablility to be horribly bitter and cynical, and I appreciate that.

(Truth be told I was sorta eye rolly about the whole thing and gave up about 10 seconds in and then after watching the thrift shop one decided I needed to respect it more. Being bitter and cynical would have been a loss. Again.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:28 PM on October 2, 2012


I knew Macklemore was pretty great - this just confirms the fact. Nicely done.
posted by gohabsgo at 3:41 PM on October 2, 2012


Other highlights from all over Macklemore's spectrum of awesome:
Otherside (about addiction)
The Town (about Seattle hip-hop)
American (about, well...)
And We Danced (EURO DANCE)
Wings (just another rap about shoes.)
posted by hot soup at 4:09 PM on October 2, 2012 [4 favorites]


Wow, that was better than I expected it to be. What a wonderful song and video.

I sure hope Ref 74 passes. It would have a huge positive impact on a lot of lives, mine included.
posted by hippybear at 5:06 PM on October 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's so awesome to watch Macklemore starting to get national name recognition. He's everything that I love about Seattle: smart, inclusive, creative, laid back, serious, and self-effacing and he wears his home town proudly. As someone who lacks the hip-hop appreciation gene, I probably would have a better appreciation of it today if there were artists like this when I was in high school.

Mitt Romney's a kook and I love Obama but, honestly, I would be happier and it would affect my life more if Referendum 74 passes on November 6
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:18 PM on October 2, 2012


I have a shaky optimism that hip-hop is soon going to become a Force for Good in the fight for gay rights. I know that there's an incredible amount of homophobia to overcome, but it seems more and more of the dopest figures in the game are coming down on the right side, and the masses of fans and lesser-than's tend to follow.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 6:26 AM on October 3, 2012


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