i’ve been laughing at this for the past few hours
i have seen the light
I CANT BREATHE
i just cried omg i love him so much
THIS IS WHAT I NEEDED TONIGHT
OH SWEET GOD MY FACE HURTS I HAVEN’T SMILED LIKE THIS IN A MONTH!
I like a girl who reads. A girl whose only company on rainy Sunday afternoons is a cup of tea and the written word. A girl who revels in the scent of a book fresh from the presses and hand-selected after hours of browsing the local bookstore and swoons at the scent of a book…
More Macklemore, less Robin Thicke.
And yet a huge percentage of Tumblr hates him. Not trying to be confrontational, but could someone please explain to me why this is?
Because he is a straight white guy and Tumblr isn’t always right.
Yup. A lot of people like to ignore all the good things he does simply because he is part of the privileged. Never mind that he flat out acknowledges this in Same Love. (“I may not be the same, but that’s not important.”)
I agree. If Beyonce had sang Same Love or made pro-LGBT comments, people would be calling her “queen” and deifying her, but if a hetero does it, they get criticized as “showing their privileged” or trying to usurp the movement. It’s the same with other groups. There’s this mentality with some people that if you’re not oppressed like they are, then you need to butt out.
Here’s the thing though: civil rights movements do not exist in a vacuum. Do you think only African-Americans participated in marches and protests back in the 60s? Do you think everyone who marches in a gay pride parade is gay? Was Congress filled with LGBT and African-American senators and representatives when they passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act?
And of course I can never fully understand what those people go through. I’ll never have to worry about being spit on or cursed at for kissing a guy or holding his hand in public. I’ll never know the humiliation of being pulled over for being black or the fear of walking home from a convenience store at night. However, it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to speak out against discrimination and prejudice.
Now, let’s talking about Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”. Here’s the thing that its critics don’t grok: the song isn’t just a “funny” song about shopping at Goodwill, it’s actually about consumerism. Here’s part of the song that illustrates this the best:
I hit the party and they stop in that mother fucker
They be like Oh that Gucci, thats hella tight
Im like Yo, thats fifty dollars for a t-shirt
Limited edition, lets do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a t-shirt, thats just some ignorant bitch shit
I call that getting swindled and pimped, shit
I call that getting tricked by a business, that shirts hella don’t
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Peep game, come take a look through my telescope
Trying to get girls from a brand? Man you hella wont, man you hella wont
Aside from anti-consumerism, the song is also about being yourself and finding your own style, as opposed to following the herd mentality of buying the most expensive, trendy clothes and shoes. Then there’s the possible positive impact this song had on thrift stores themselves. These places are non-profit and instead of pocketing the revenue (aside from what’s needed to cover operating costs), they funnel the money into charity and community programs and the like. I’m not sure if this has led to increased sales for those places, but at the very least, it’s probably helped to change the negative connotation associated with buying clothes from thrift stores.
Then again, this is Tumblr, so I’ll probably be shouted down or labeled something negative since I’m not towing the social justice brigade’s rhetoric.
I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I thought Macklemore was awesome from the start. And what happened to the saying ‘it’s what’s inside that counts’?
It’s all well and good saying don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it seems to be another to stop judging someone because of what they areon the outside and didn’t choose to be when they are making the most of it by using it for good, helping others and bringing awareness of really important issues.
These two were supposedly based on a real couple, who said they wouldn’t board a life boat as long as there were younger people still aboard the ship. They both went below deck, presumably to their room, and that’s the last time they were seen.
Isador & Ida Straus
The couple had been married for 41 years at the time of the disaster. They raised six children together, and were almost inseparable. On the rare occasion that they were apart, they wrote each other every day. They even celebrated their birthdays on the same day, although they were well apart from one another. During the sinking, Titanic’s officers pleaded with the 63 year old Ida to board a lifeboat and escape the disaster, but she repeatedly refused to leave her husband. Instead, she placed her maid in a lifeboat, taking her fur coat off and handing it to the maid while saying, “I won’t need this anymore”. At one point, she was convinced to enter one of the last two lifeboats, but jumped out as her husband walked away to rejoin him.
When last seen by witnesses, they were standing on deck, holding each other in a tight embrace. Their funeral drew some 6,000 mourners at Carnegie Hall.
A monument to them still stands in a Bronx cemetery, its inscription reads: “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.”
why wasn’t the movie about them
That scene always makes my heart ache. Learning all of this makes me want to cry.
Wow, I walk by the Isador & Ida Straus school on the UES all the time. I’ve never known who they were. Thanks, Tumblr.
Who’s got their claws in you, my friend?
Into your heart I’ll never beat again.