Macklemore is a nonconformist. He isn't the most popular rapper, some people may even think of him as a joke. Even if he is conceived as a joke his songs have meaning and get topics across that some people consider uncomfortable to talk about. He is a nonconformist because he goes against what people think rap music is. Instead of rapping about drugs, money, and sex, Macklemore raps about problems in today's society. In the song "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis they sing/ rap about how gay people should be equal in society and should't be discriminated against because of the way they live their lives.
Even though society today is way more accepting of gay people than they were even 5 years ago, there are still people who believe that being gay is wrong and that it can be fixed. Many different types of people don't believe that being gay is politically correct. "The right wing conservatives think it's a decision and you can be cured with some treatment and religion" (line 11-12). The "right wing conservatives" believe that everything should be traditional. They believe that gay people are nonconformists, in a bad way may I add, because they aren't your "traditional" relationship and go against what the more conservative and traditional people believe as normal. You are taught to be yourself, but how can you be if there are so many different people knocking you down when you are yourself. "Live on be yourself When I was at church they taught me something else" (line 31). The church wants you to conform to societies expectations of being perfect. I believe that no matter who you like or what you believe in, you should be accepted in today's society. Clearly we aren't as progressed as we should be since the church and conservatives still believe that you have to be traditional to be equal. I don't understand why being different is a big deal , I thought everyone was supposed to be different and unique in their own way. We are taught this in kindergarten, yet when some people show who they really are they aren't treated as equals.
Inequality in our society has always been a problem, if it comes to African American, Muslims, gays, etc. Inequality has lead people to not conform to the perfect expectations of society. "The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins" (line 29). When people are participating in walks, protests, and sit ins they are fighting for something they believe in. They are fighting against society to be equal. Just like the book March we read in class, the gay community and it's supporters protested against the laws and discrimination they received from the general public through the same tactics as African Americans have. Macklemore believes that you should test the boundaries of society. As he did when writing a rap song about gay rights. And as gay people did when fighting for equality. He believes you shouldn't conform to staying silent, you should be heard and have a voice. "Everyone...more comfortable remaining voiceless" (line 3 pg.2). You need to fight against conformity and fight for your human rights so you aren't discriminated for just being yourself.
Overall, I believe the song "Same Love" doesn't conform to society. Even though gay marriage is legal in the U.S. now, and many of our younger generations are more accepting of how people live their lives, I feel that their is still a little ways to go for the gay community in terms of being treated equal by some individuals. I also believe this song doesn't conform to society because it goes against rap the stereotypical "rap music" that is popular throughout many young people. "If I was gay I would think hip-hop music hates me" (line 22). Macklemore even states in his song that this genre of music and gay people don't mesh. He would rather get an important message out to the public about gay rights and suffer some hate from the hip- hop community, than conform to the ways of rap music and be like every other rapper that is on the radio. Macklemore is a nonconformist.