Owen barely communicated with my wife and me. But he opened up to the parrot from “Aladdin.”
This probably won’t get far but I want to try to see how many queer people there are versus straight people on tumblr
please reblog this post (refrain from liking if you reblog because that will mess up the amount of notes) if you are:
Trans* (umbrella too!)
please reblog (refrain from both liking and reblogging) this post if you are straight: ally, don’t care, don’t support
i know i’m truly depressed when i cannot shake the songs “sweet caroline” and “cotton-eye joe” from my head.
Of course I appreciate a pro-gay song being so embraced by the mainstream; that, in and of itself, is not the issue here. The major issue I have with Macklemore (and, Ryan Lewis) is that he is 1) another example of a non-queer (white, male) person/”saviour” who is being vilified for their contribution to queer advancement when there are numerous, more talented queer persons (male/female/black/white/etc.) that are out there promoting the same cause and have been promoting it for a much longer time and have been promoting it from within the queer movement itself, and, 2) another example of the Grammy’s white-washing their awards to accommodate their “target audience” without actually awarding those who deserve it (like Kendrick Lamarr, obviously). The first issue, where I hold most of my grievances, does not have to do with Macklemore’s attempts at commenting on the issues in hip-hop and the media at large. In and of itself, it is a (mostly) harmless try at voicing for the underdog. While there are a few unnecessarily perpetuated stereotypes in the song, I can also ignore those, giving him the benefit of the doubt that they are written into the song as an almost tongue-in-cheek commentary on how ridiculous those stereotypes are and how damaging they can be in shaping how we think of each other, especially during adolescence. While making this conceit, I am fairly certain this was not the case as he would have made a point to mention it by now since the song has been around for well over a year now. What I cannot look away from at this moment is how he hasn’t tried to use his platform to talk about actual queer persons (other than personal relatives) and try to hype up other actually queer artists at the same time. By remaining silent in the matter, he continues to perpetuate the image of the white, male, straight “saviour to the cause,” whatever it may be, instead of bolstering recognition for those around him who do not have the focus or attention for the reasons that they don’t fit into that category. The second issue speaks to organisations and their issues with not recognizing those who deserve the accolades for questionable reasons (I don’t want to assume the Grammy board is racist, but it’s easy to recognize that it panders to a white audience; case and point its myriad of issues with Rap and Hip-Hop categories, the categories not being televised even when a white male wins, etc.).
Ultimately, it’s not about how Macklemore attempted to speak on queer topics from the prospective of an ally who cannot understand why those he love should be persecuted. It’s about how he’s taken those “others” (non-white, non-straight, non-male, and/or trans persons) out of the picture almost entirely as he rides his wave of prosperity. It’s about how being an ally should be more than just saying you support queer persons, but about promoting those persons to help them make a voice for their cause themselves.
watching batman and robin is equal parts me oogling chris o’donell and uma thurman, and me drinking myself under the table to get through the whole film.