California Radio Station Could Ban Pro-Gay Macklemore

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A California radio station has gotten a written complaint for pushing gay rights onto its listeners by airing rapper Macklemore’s song, “Same Love.”

Station 98.7FM  was sent a letter condemning homosexuality and branding the song “offensive” because its lyrics talk about marriage equality.

The song, which is part of Macklemore's latest album, The Heist, features lyrics like “the right wing conservatives think it's a decision, and you can be cured with some treatment and religion.”

The music video for the song also references Washington Referendum 74, which legalized gay marriage in the rapper’s home state.

Radio host Darren Rose posted the letter on the station’s website  on April 15 and asked listeners to weigh in on the issue; as of publication the letter has 115 comments. According to the Gay Star News, the radio might consider banning the song.

“I find Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s newest single “Same Love” offensive,” part of the letter reads.

“The imagery the song talks about is a raw subject a great multitude of people have a hard time dealing with when we know homosexuality is wrong, but have friends and loved ones who are indeed in same-sex relations.”

And it goes on: “‘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.”

Macklemore has been very vocal about his support for gay rights. He recently appeared in a Nordstrom commercial for its wedding boutique that feature same-sex couples.

For its part, the radio station said they “just want people to do their thing and be happy.”

WATCH: Macklemore’s Same Love music video.

Sergio N. Candido


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