CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday called out Barack Obama for featuring a 9/11 truther celebrity at a White House event this week. The rapper, who has repeatedly pushed conspiracy theories blaming George W. Bush for the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, appeared at a panel discussion on drug abuse in America. On The Lead, Tapper wondered, “Is it acceptable... for the White House which has a war against birthers, and rightly so, to have a truther come to the White House?”
Macklemore is the stage name of a white rapper from Seattle named Ben Haggerty. He and his publicists are currently trying to convince the hip-hop press and the music media to notice the greatness of his new nine-minute song “White Privilege II.”
He raps: “White supremacy isn't just a white dude in Idaho. White supremacy protects the privilege I hold. White supremacy is the soil, the foundation, the cement and the flag that flies outside of my home. White supremacy is our country's lineage, designed for us to be indifferent.”
A darling of the lefty entertainment establishment has taken a prosthetic nose dive into hot water. At Macklemore’s May 16 Seattle performance at the opening of “Spectacle: The Music Video,” the rapper lionized for his pro-gay stance appeared on stage in a stereotypical Jewish costume, singing his hit, “Thrift Shop.”
Bad move for a guy celebrated for injecting “tolerance and acceptance and equal rights” into hip hop.
CNN's Chris Cuomo sang the praises of hip-hop artist Macklemore on Monday's New Day for his pro-LGBT agenda "Same Love" track, and for his part in the mass wedding ceremony at the Grammy Awards on Sunday: "I think you got to give it to Macklemore, because he's really inserted social consciousness back into rap, and that's a very welcome thing to a lot of people."
Correspondent Nischelle Turner also played up the rapper's participation in the "star-studded wedding seen around the world...officiated by Queen Latifah and Madonna acting as maid of honor," and spotlighted a clip of the Grammy winner underlining the left-wing social message of his recording: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]
On NPR’s race-conscious Tell Me More talk show on Friday, they discussed the white rapper Macklemore’s cover story in Rolling Stone, where he claimed that his skin color allows him to swear his rear end off in his “Thrift Shop” song.
“Even though I’m cussing my a-- off in the song, the fact that I’m a white guy, parents feel safe. They let their six-year-olds listen to it. I mean it’s just…it’s different. And would that success have been the same if I would have been a black dude? I think the answer is no." Former NPR digital reporter Corey Dade applauded the admission of “white privilege” in profane rap music: