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Macklemore Talks About Human Equality And More… [VIDEO]

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Human equality has an unlikely champion from the world of hip-hop in Macklemore. Macklemore says he believes in human rights, civil rights and equal rights for all.

Macklemore could very well end up being a game changer for the LGBT community. Human equality as defined by the United Nations is that ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.’

Here’s what Macklemore had to say about his inspiration for the song Same Love.

I think [my gay uncles] were an influence. I think that looking at the hip-hop community and holding myself accountable in the hip-hop community was what I cared about. That’s my community. That’s who I see to be oppressing gay people. The f-word and saying “that’s gay” are still rampant. Homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community and it just gets the co-sign…It’s getting better. The last year has gotten a lot better, but for so long, it was just an issue that nobody touched on.

Macklemore also talked about being the first hip-hop artist to talk about homosexuality:

People are just scared. People are just really scared of how other people are going to perceive them. And for me, artists push the envelope of what is ‘culturally acceptable’ within hip-hop – what falls under the parameters of what hip-hop is and what it isn’t. Those rules are old and outdated. This is an issue of equality and humanity and let’s put that at the forefront and not worry about what the internet is going to say about us. I don’t give a f*ck. I’d rather change people’s lives than worry what the comments are going to say.

Check out the rest of what he has to say about human rights, his rise to fame and his background. FYI… Beware of course language.

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