Macklemore’s song Same Love, off his latest album, The Heist, has been stirring controversy with its pro-equality message.
Los Angeles rock alternative station 98.7 posted a letter received by the VJ, Darren Rose, from a listener on Tuesday. In the letter, the listener asked the station to stop playing the controversial song.
The listener, who’s name remains anonymous, wrote, “We can choose to walk out of movies, we can choose to stop reading books we care not for, we can choose to buy the albums of music artists who make us smile, but when there is only one radio or two radio stations that play the kind of music you like, it’s time to stand up.”
The listener then says that Same Love is “offensive” to him. He continues, “This letter is not about stopping people from making their choices in life, it’s about those of us who want to be entertained without feeling majorly sickened and uncomfortable by a song playing in a store, in our friend’s car, at parties, at places of gathering; especially when to ask the owner of the radio playing out the song would surely ensue debate about this heated issue, one we would rather not argue about.”
Same Love’s beginning lyrics are, “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 wrote the song about his own feelings of questioning his sexuality. He grew up with two uncles and a godfather who were gay.
The song also discusses religion, with “The right wing conservatives think it's a decision, And you can be cured with some treatment and religion”
The song also features lesbian artist Mary Lambert singing, “I can’t change, even if I try, even if I wanted to.”
Macklemore wanted the song to touch upon a lot of issues within the gay community and the stereotypes people have regarding homosexuality.
Rose made it clear on the station’s website that neither he nor the station agree with the views of the listener who wrote in.
"I don't feel this way, just want people to do their thing and be happy, but I know its a hot topic," writes Rose in an intro to the letter posted. "How do you feel about this song? We dont share these opinions but we respect everyones. Let us know what you think."
The station has received hundreds of comments from other listeners, the majority disagreeing with banning the song.