“The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision/And you can be cured with some treatment and religion/Man-made rewiring of a predisposition, playing God, aw nah here we go/America the brave still fears what we don’t know/And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten/But we paraphrase a book written 3500 years ago.”
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis burst onto the music scene this year with his hit single ‘Thrift Shop.’ As his fame increased so to did his influence. He then took on a pretty controversial topic in his song ‘Same Love.’ The quote above is taken from the song and slams anti-gay marriage advocates.
At the Grammys this weekend Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their song for millions of television viewers. It was not your typical Grammy performance though. During the song Queen Latifah officiated a live marriage ceremony for 34 couples both gay and straight. Madonna, a longtime advocate for gay rights, even joined in on the performance. A touching ceremony, it left the entire audience in a standing ovation. Country singer Keith Urban was even caught wiping tears.
The show stopping performance brought up a lot of debate and emotion. Social media platforms like Twitter were buzzing with positive and negative feedback. Some viewed the event as a “blatant attack on religious views” and that it was anti Christian propaganda. Others found it moving, one tweet reading “Straight, gay, black, white…love is love.”
Whether you agree with the message or not, it got people talking which is exactly what the producers wanted. One music’s biggest night, political statements stole the show.