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Same Love

So I was listening to Chart Show and ‘Same Love’ by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came on. I wouldn’t say I love the song, I’d rather it had more actual singing in it, but I like it, and I can’t stop listening to it now, so I’m growing to love it. The words though and the video, it’s amazing, the fact that someone has written a song about it people being homosexual, and putting it out there, I really admire him for doing that.

People really do over use the word gay so much, and there are so many stereotypes. Yes some of the stereotypes are correct, but not for all people. So many people go around saying ‘ahh that’s gaaaay!’ or ‘omg, you’re so gaaay’ like an insult. But it’s wrong, there’s nothing wrong with being gay, so it’s not an insult.

If you really look at the lyrics, it’s all true.

“It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference!”

“I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it”

People are scared of difference, of being different. Our society doesn’t know how to deal with people who are different, just like they are rude to bigger people, to smaller people, to people will a different skin colour or nationality. It’s sad really because all human’s are supposed to be equal, but are we? If you really think about it. Are we equal? Are the popular kids equal to the nerds, they’re supposed to be and in some people’s eyes they are, but according to our society, do people actually think everyone is equal? When you go past a homeless person on the street, do you think they’re equal to you? I applaud you if you do, but you’re in the minority. However much they say or like to think that they think everyone is equal, people judge people everyday and anyone who is different to themselves, apparently they’re not equal. In nearly everyone’s deepest thoughts, I’m sure they could think of someone who they didn’t think was equal to themselves. See, this is what our society has done to us. It’s turned us against people who are different, made us think that certain people are not equal to us, but they are, we’re all humans, on this planet, all our ancestors and ourselves have fought for survival, we’ve earned our place in society. Really hating to quote my mum here but she always says ‘We all come into this world the same way, and we all leave the same way, and what’s important is on the inside, not the outside’, she’s right.

“A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are”

That part of the lyrics really got to me because, although it’s just in a song, it’s actually really true. People are so unhappy with they’re lives because of other people, so many people, not just homosexual people or people from different cultures. It’s not fair that other people can dictate how happy someones life is, it shouldn’t happen but it does.

I could go on forever, because one I’m very opinionated, two things like this really get to me and three, I ramble all the time, but I’m going to stop now and leave you to think about this for yourselves, think about where you stand on all of this. And to help, I will leave you with the lyrics to the song and a link to the video. I hope it makes you think as much as it made me think.

When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay,
‘Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight.
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-k, trippin’ ”
Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.
I remember doing the math like, “Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A preconceived idea of what it all meant
For those that liked the same sex
Had the characteristics
The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don’t know

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we’re saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference!
Live on and be yourself
When I was at church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed
That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it

(I don’t know)

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

We press play, don’t press pause
Progress, march on
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids are walking ’round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up… sex

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is patient
Love is kind
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
Love is kind

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