Skip to comments.Macklemore a 9/11 Truther? Can We Trust Him Inspiring Kids' Worldviews?
Posted on 02/03/2014 9:49:38 AM PST by nickcarraway
Taken from Tuesday's edition of The Jason Rantz Show on KIRO Radio.
After some backlash following the Grammys, there were all these tweets being highlighted that Macklemore sent out years ago that might cast him in a bad light. One of those particular tweets was sent out on Sept. 18, 2009. He tweeted this:
That is, according to Buzzfeed, a regurgitation of a lyric from a Mos Def song that says the same thing. But I ask, does this make him a 9/11 Truther? Is this someone who actually holds this belief system?
We look at some of his music. His music clearly takes hits, and I think unfairly so, at conservative Republicans. He created this song called the "Bush song" that not only called out George Bush as an illegitimate president who is racist, who is homophobic, who is just an all around bad guy. He mentions in this song that it wasn't Osama bin Laden that had to do anything with the World Trade Centers being attacked, it was George Bush. He did it for oil.
Was that satire? Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn't. Maybe he was just making fun of something. Maybe he just wanted to have a good time at someone else's expense. Maybe he just wasn't thinking. Maybe this isn't even Macklemore singing, but it sure sounds like him. There's all these potentials we can go on down this road, maybe this, maybe that, maybe this.
Maybe, he should speak up and clarify what his stance is because I don't want to be in a position where we are lauding a 9/11 Truther. I don't want to be in the position where we're saying specifically to kids hey you should listen to this guy's music and let him better inform you and how you view the world and how you view politics.
If this is what he truly believes, that's not responsible for us to promote that type of music, even if he no longer sings about that. Because someone is going to find that song, someone is going to look at that tweet, and someone, not a lot of people, but some people are going to say maybe he's got a point.
Here's the reality. We've seen this with "Same Love." Lyrics mean something. They can start movements. We've all experienced singing along to a song we really like and it resonates with us. Music can do that, and I don't want that to happen with a lyric or a song that is based in 9/11 Trutherism. That has been wholly discounted. Only whack-jobs believe in some conspiracy surrounding the World Trade Center and the bombing on September 11.
I'm going to consider this part of his image until we get answers. He needs to make his viewpoint known.
It figures that the next big progressive movement would be inspired by this goober’s music.
Poop might be ready to hit the fan with Obama. They need truther stuff to deflect it toward the hated Bush.
The ‘troofers’ hate obama and bush.
I teach guitar to children in South Florida.
In at least some of the schools, one of the songs being taught to the children is “Imagine”.
I am NOT happy about that. If a student of mine likes the Beatles and WANTS to learn how to play “Imagine”, I certainly will teach them the chords (along with some spirited discussion of the lyrics, to encourage critical thinking!), but I find it VERY disturbing that it is being taught in the schools as some kind of anthem.
Yes, but Bush is the ever-present excuse for Dems to bandwagon against at every opportunity. And they are famous for using idiots to do their dirty work.
“Why this sudden resurgence of 9/11 trutherism? Or is it all from Pete Carroll? “
Here’s what I think:
Apparently some congressmen are pushing to release the report on 911 which is pretty specific about the Saudi governments involvement in the attack. The government, then as now, doesn’t want you thinking too much about the Saudi’s support of international terrorism so they are arranging for us all to talk about truthers, so that any discussion of 911 can be pushed into the old news conspiracy theory bucket.
Thanks for posting. At my age, I’m not normally knowledgable about artists like Macklemore and his lyrics. I am aware of Thrift Shop and Same Love. He was interviewed on KIRO during the Seahawks-49ers pregame show since he was entertaining at Half-time. The interview was all sweetness and light, about what a big sports fan he is, and stuff. And he has extended a hand to local artists, giving at least one her big break. But I’m afraid that I would not give him the benefit of the doubt on anti Bush and 911 Truther lyrics. Maybe I shouldn’t say without hearing them, but I doubt it’s satire. Besides when has the left ever given our side the benefit of the doubt on stuff like this? Not too often.
I sense a general resurgence of trutherism and other conspiracy theories among the young, frankly. Look at how poorly educated a lot of them are about history and the hard sciences. 911 was 12 years ago. Today’s college freshman was 6 or 7 then. I was 7 when Kennedy was assassinated, got interested in Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories when I was 18 and entertained them for years. Add to this the rise of conspiracy theories and other cultic beliefs in a society that continues to reject the organized major religions, Judeo Christian ones anyway, and the general decadence and low level panic in a society like ours where leaders are held in low esteem(for good reason).
There’s an old saying”If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
The cynic in me says dont fight this-let the left hang themselves with it, may even force Obama or other big figure to speak out about it publicly. But this could also backfire.
Okay, Pete, I’m a USC football truther. So...........
Playing the racist card is never “satire”. It’s the attack of a desperate Alinskyite.
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