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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Teacher Suspended For Playing Macklemore's "Same Love" in Class

Posted by on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

It was reported yesterday that a teacher in South Lyon, Michigan has been suspended for playing Macklemore's equality jam "Same Love" to her students during class.

Macklemore responded to the incident via his website:

I wrote the song “Same Love,” 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. This incident demonstrates how too often we are quick to silence conversations that must be had. Even if people disagree, there is far more potential for progress when people are vocal and honestly expressing their thoughts about gay rights. When we are silent and avoid the issue, fear and hatred have a far greater life span.
Read the whole response here.


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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1

She should have done the decent thing and played "The Penis Song".…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on November 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM · Report this
tainte 2
in the teachers' defense, macklemore is terrible. every goddamn song he has the same delivery...start off talking low, talking low, ok now i'm gonna talk a little louder, and then a little louder, AND NOW I'M GONNA SHOUT, AND I'M GONNA KEEP SHOUTING, AND THEN MAYBE YELL, AND YELL SOME MORE.

ok, next verse. i'm gonna talk low, keep talking low....
Posted by tainte on November 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM · Report this
ryjan 3
I didn't know teachers could get suspended for having poor taste in music.
Posted by ryjan on November 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM · Report this
Knat 4
Nowhere is it mentioned that this is a private school, and by the name, it certainly sounds like a public school. So doesn't the public (and the media) have the right to answers from the Superintendent regarding how they run the school? A flimsy answer would have been one thing, but no answer at all doesn't seem acceptable to me.
Posted by Knat on November 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM · Report this
chromie 5
This is an amazing song, the anthem for approving Ref74. I wish I could hug her, am sorry this happened to her.
Posted by chromie on November 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 6
This is on the front page of Reddit right now:

Jabari Presents: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

It's a documentary by a guy named Jabari.

Log in and upvote!
Posted by Ipso Facto on November 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM · Report this
T 7
@2 As opposed to the rappers (and even bands in general) who have zero dynamic range whatsoever? I'll take repetitive delivery over constantly loud any day of the week.
Posted by T on November 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM · Report this
It's not "Mackelmore" you neanderfuck.
Posted by beef rallard on November 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM · Report this
Macklemore is fucking lame lame lame. Half of his shit isn't even rap.
Posted by The CHZA on November 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM · Report this
Most of South Lyon looks like a Bluth Company development.
Posted by Greydon Clark on November 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Emily Nokes 11
@8 - Ha, thanks BEEF.
Posted by Emily Nokes on November 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM · Report this
sprflycat 12
This is reason #498,578 that our education system is in dire need of an overhaul.
Posted by sprflycat on November 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
First of all, this has nothing to do with whether or not Macklemore is talented. We should be talking about the school's thinly veiled homophobia and absurd disciplinary actions taken against this teacher. Not allowing students to have a dialogue about something and "remaining neutral" are not the same things.
Posted by asdfghjkrystal on November 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Here is a link to a statement by the superintendent:

He says that the teacher was suspended for failing to follow the correct procedure for presenting recorded material, and not due to the content of the material.

More explanation here:

Hmmm. Really? How commonly are teachers suspended for violating this procedure? How commonly do teachers violate it?
Posted by Charlie Mas on November 30, 2012 at 1:58 PM · Report this
I don't know if it matters, but the TV news report said that it was the song, not the video, that was played in the class. The school procedure refers only to video. It does not appear that the school procedure refers to audio only.
Posted by Charlie Mas on November 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 16
Why all the hate?

I'd never heard of Macklemore before this video came out, and a vast majority of the rap I had previously been exposed to has been extremely misogynistic and homophobic. To me, this song was a breath of fresh air, and I found the video very moving.

If you don't like it, fine. Everyone's tastes are different. But is all that vitriol really necessary?
Posted by Reverse Polarity on December 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM · Report this
tainte 17
yes, it's necessary because makulmoore is fucking awful.
Posted by tainte on December 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
tainte 18
sorry, michaelmoore
Posted by tainte on December 3, 2012 at 7:42 AM · Report this

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