A Critical Analysis Of 'Same Love'

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Same Love: Be Their Voice Hate, a passionate dislike for something or someone, has taken part of every war in the world, whether it is a political or civil one. Macklemore, the rapper of the song “Same Love”, uses powerful lyrics and imagery in many of his songs. It is in “Same Love” that he raps about a social issue that the world has been dealing with since, some could argue, the beginning of time. In the song “Same Love” he uses his rap to speak to everyone who can make a change in this world. “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis bring awareness to the unjust issue of homophobia by giving people the information they need to obtain a voice and stand up for humans who have had their rights stolen. In a video on Youtube, Macklemore talks…show more content…
He felt personally attacked by these assumptions as a young child and speaks about it in his song: “When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay/‘cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight” (Macklemore Ln 1-2). There are a couple of prejudices in these lyrics. He is giving you the idea that men who like art are thought of as gay and that men who do things that are associated with women tendencies, such as keeping their room straight, are also gay. These are a few examples of how people typically try to identify a gay man. He continued these lyrics with “…bunch of stereotypes all in my head/a preconceived idea of what it all meant/for those that liked the same sex/had the characteristics” (Macklemore Ln 6,8-10). He is explaining here that society believes that gay people have certain characteristics that make them who they are. It is this kind of judgment that makes people not want to be linked to these stereotypes. With imagery, he shows a father and son playing football happily in their front yard. This is the normal idea of what a boy should grow up doing. He also shows two young girls playing with dolls which is another idea of gender roles. If someone sees a boy playing with a doll, they are likely to think it is wrong because society thinks that that would make them gay and that that is not right. In “Same Love” Macklemore…show more content…
Gay, Faggot, Dyke, and Butch are a few examples of gay slurs that society has used in negative light. “’Man, that’s gay’ gets dropped on the daily/we become so numb to what we’re saying/call each other faggots…/gay is synonymous with the lesser” (Macklemore Ln 35-36, 39). These lyrics identify how we as a society make the idea of being gay a bad thing. When he says that gay is synonymous with the lesser, he is saying that society thinks that because you are gay, you are lesser than everyone else. It’s the same idea that woman and black people have gone through in history. Black people were believed not to have a choice because they were below white men and the same idea went for woman as well until people fought for their rights. He wants us to realize that this war for gay rights has already happened in different forms: “It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion/gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment” (Macklemore Ln 40-41). He also adds imagery to this statement by showing images from the past of a black and white woman running at the beach and laughing together and the American flag flowing. The image of the flag is shown because it is supposed to represent freedom but for a homosexual person, it restricts them from being who they
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