Macklemore a 9/11 Truther? Can we trust him inspiring kids' worldviews?January 29, 2014 @ 10:47 am (Updated: 1:51 pm - 1/29/14 )
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:
911...bush knocked down the towers— Macklemore (@macklemore) September 18, 2009
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.
Taken from Tuesday's edition of The Jason Rantz Show on KIRO Radio.
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