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Macklemore is facing criticism from some parts of the LGBT population for "Same Love" and its success, and vlogger Arielle Scarcella isn't having it.


Neither is Dan Savage, who adds:

Damned if they do, damned if they don't—we've heard this song before.

The queers complaining about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis now remind me of the queers who used to bitch and bitch and bitch about how big beer companies didn't advertise in queer publications or sponsor pride parades. ("Queer people drink a lot of beer! They want us to support them and buy their beer but they don't want to support us and our community!") But when big beer companies began advertising in queer publications and sponsoring pride parades... the exact same queers who had been complaining about how big beer companies weren't advertising in queer publications or sponsoring pride parades immediately started bitching about how the beer companies were trying to profit off our sexuality. ("The pride parade is not for sale! We are a community, not a commodity!") Blah blah bitchy blah.

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  1. Dan Savage is not having your s_it, bit_hy queers.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jan 28, 2014 8:48:06 PM

  2. I stand by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, both against the criticism from the gay community and from those critics who complain that they're white in traditionally black categories. There might be something insidious from the Grammy voters going on in terms of the rap categories, but that blame is not on them. They're doing something different, something fresh, and creating great music with positive messages.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 28, 2014 8:51:40 PM

  3. Just ignore the queers who have nothing better to do than to be mad at something.

    Posted by: John | Jan 28, 2014 8:59:45 PM

  4. Sounds like just another day in the Towleroad comment sections. Those bitter queens have nothing better to whine about.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 28, 2014 9:14:41 PM

  5. I found this woman's voice abrasive and shrill. It was like she was going to bite someone. Down, girl, down.
    In my opinion, Macklemore is a good guy, but he has gay or bisexual written all over him. Sometimes strong allies are living vicariously through the gay community in order to get their true feelings out in some form or another.
    It's an interesting situation to watch.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jan 28, 2014 9:15:18 PM

  6. I'm feeling a lot of pride for Arielle Scarcella, Dan Savage, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

    Posted by: mutant | Jan 28, 2014 9:15:57 PM

  7. I don't know what Macklemore's privilege is "straight, white, ???" I just couldn't understand this woman.

    But until I read this posting I didn't know there was a backlash . . . I'm just out of touch (and didn't watch the grammy's).

    However, I've come to really like "Thrift Shop."

    Posted by: Alan | Jan 28, 2014 9:23:00 PM

  8. Amen Sister! I <3 HER!

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 28, 2014 9:24:11 PM

  9. Any queer who slaps away the out-stretched hand of a willing ally deserves a slap to the face.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 28, 2014 9:54:14 PM

  10. My FB comment on the same topic: Tired of people trying to show their radical / queer / feminist cred by bashing the Same Love weddings. Actually what you’re showing is your privilege as members of the infinitesimally small highly-educated elite that doesn’t have to worry about things like laws and citizenship and 1000+ rights for $25. And I don’t care if Macklemore isn’t queer. I grew up in a world where same sex relationships were never mentioned anywhere in popular songs at all. It’s incremental changes and straight support as well as queer rebellion that have gotten us to a point where you can feel comfortable criticizing the Grammys for not being radical/queer enough for you.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 28, 2014 10:18:20 PM

  11. Yeah, seriously sick of the Macklemore bitching. His music is good - Mary is gay and she's on the track - he donates a lot to the gay community. If you want a gay person to sing it, then get a famous gay person out there to write and sing it.

    Posted by: Reality | Jan 28, 2014 10:26:16 PM

  12. They look good, they are talented and they seem to care about bigger issues. OF COURSE haters gonna hate! ha!

    Macklemore & Lewis ALL THE WAY.

    Posted by: Felix | Jan 28, 2014 10:39:25 PM

  13. Never heard of Macklemore. Don't care.

    Posted by: Fartbongo | Jan 28, 2014 10:40:35 PM

  14. Dan Savage is *right on the money* with that quote.

    Sometimes the LGBT community is our own worst fracking enemy. Thank god we've somehow -- despite many of ourselves -- been able to convince strong allies like Macklemore to take up our cause as if it were directly their cause, too, because that's the *only* reason why we've been able to make the cultural waves we've been able to in the past decade.

    It's because of people like Macklemore and Lady Gaga that our cause has had so much success in the social realm, people. Let's not tear our greatest allies down.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 28, 2014 11:31:55 PM

  15. Dan Savage should know better than to make assertions -- "exact same queers" -- without the sources to back up his statements. Making baseless assertions like this is what our enemies do.

    Posted by: Joseph | Jan 28, 2014 11:35:48 PM

  16. Arielle Scarcella should buzz off. As a woman, she is privileged. She does not understand male sexuality. Women exploit double standards which oppress gay men.

    As for Dan Savage, he is not my representative.

    Posted by: joe | Jan 28, 2014 11:44:07 PM

  17. I happy to bring any visibility to the cause of gay rights, but lets be real here. Anyone that listens to hip-hop knows that Macklemore's album is good, but not that good that it should be beating Kendrick Lamar at the grammys. And you know that's the truth when even Macklemore himself ends up texting Kendrick about how he felt he was robbed of a grammy.

    Posted by: Frank | Jan 28, 2014 11:50:32 PM

  18. Dan Savage is making money from the queer concept. We don't abide by your language or money-making schemes, Dan.

    Dan would have been aborted as a baby if his mother was pro-choice and anti-gay.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 28, 2014 11:53:52 PM

  19. I don't believe that the small number of whiners she's addressing represent a popular opinion in the gay community.
    Everybody I know is inspired by the success of this song and loves Macklemore for what he does.

    It doesn't matter to me whether his place in one of those community acronyms is as Gay, Bi, Asexual, Transgendered, Intersexed Questioning (which is HAS been) or an Ally (which he always is), as long as he IS an ally, that's ALL that's important. He is part of MY community and the message in this song DOES speak to me.
    He and I have both had the experience of "thinking we were gay in the third grade," and who's to say that his experience is any less valuable than that of someone who experienced those feelings and WAS gay.

    He's had the experience of growing up with gay family members, which is one I've never had but is just as valuable a story to tell as mine.

    There are always annoying individuals (and the anonymous ones who pose as gay can just as easily be straight 12-year-old trolls trying to get a rise out of adults or anti-gay hate group members trying to drive wedges.
    The very small number of real, identifiable random gay people who would complain that an ally's message is getting too much attention (compared to their own whiny messages, perhaps) are an embarrassment.

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 29, 2014 12:30:19 AM

  20. I don't know why Mackelmore hasn't gone insane and started killing people yet. Between people accusing him of exploiting gays, appropriating black culture, and winning Grammys due to "white privilege", a lesser person would have lost their sh*t by now and gone on a killing spree.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 29, 2014 1:17:56 AM

  21. Love the song-just brilliant. But when u include no talent hacks like McDonna (or is it Iggy Pop dressed as Colonel Sanders with an incredibly bloated face?) in tributes who has done nothing and could care less about the LGBT community, except for the amount of cheap publicity they can get, there is much reason for criticism.

    Posted by: Molc | Jan 29, 2014 1:35:29 AM

  22. Love the song-just brilliant. But when u include no talent hacks like McDonna (or is it Iggy Pop dressed as Colonel Sanders with an incredibly bloated face?) in tributes who has done nothing and could care less about the LGBT community, except for the amount of cheap publicity they can get, there is much reason for criticism.

    Posted by: Molc | Jan 29, 2014 1:35:29 AM

  23. MOLC please shut up

    Posted by: CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Jan 29, 2014 2:39:07 AM

  24. This is just another example of rhetorically drive for conformity in the 'community'. We aren't allowed to have our own opinions, certainly not our own political spin on an issue, if it deviates from the philosophy of anonymizing gay men as just more 'queers'.

    I don't particularly care much for Macklemore's music, but I know Same Love brings some people to tears (in a good way) and helped mainstream marriage equality in the US (we've had it for over a decade in Canada already), so good for them.

    Posted by: Knock | Jan 29, 2014 6:25:13 AM

  25. Rhetorically = the. Stupid autocorrect.

    Posted by: Knock | Jan 29, 2014 6:25:54 AM

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