Almost 1.5 million views and 28.000 likes on YouTube within 3 days. That’s the power when a celebrity put money and effort into a wonderful story for the good cause.
It’s the new song from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis called Same Love. It’s about love and a beautiful tribute to Marriage Equality. But above all a call to approve the Washington Same-Sex Marriage Referendum, also known as Referendum 74. [Ballotpedia]
The song is as beautiful as simple. Love and marriage is worth to live for. No matter the form.
Macklemore on his website:
This song, which I wrote in April, is a response to what I have observed and experienced, and is also an act of personal accountability. It was not easy to write, and I struggled with how I, as a straight male, could genuinely speak upon this issue.
Initially, I tried writing from the perspective of a gay, bullied kid, but after getting some feedback, I felt it wasn’t my story to tell. What I do know, and where I wrote from, is my own perspective growing up in a culture where “that’s gay” was commonplace, with a huge stigma on those who identified and were perceived as gay.
Growing up in the Catholic Church, I saw first-hand how easily religion became a platform for hate and prejudice. Those who “believed” were excused from their own judgments, bypassing the stark issue of basic civil rights.
The song is now also part of the Music for Marriage Equality campaign:
Macklemore: “After I wrote this song, I played it for a friend of mine who happened to be involved with the Music for Marriage Equality campaign, uniting musicians to help Washington state become the very first to approve marriage equality by a public vote in November.
My hope is that my personal testimony can help in some way to not only advance the dialogue and approve Referendum 74, but also to help shape a culture of belonging in which ALL people are equal.”
The single will appear their debut LP The Heist which will be released on October 9, 2012.