Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Macklemore, Has-Been One Hit Rapper, Speaks at Pro-Palestinian Rally, Calls for End of Racist Regime But Ends Career

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A decade ago, a white rapper named Macklemore had a hit with a song called “Thrift Shop.” It had a hit single about gay rights, sung by Mary Lambert.

Yesterday, Macklemore resurfaced at a pro-Palestinian rally in Washington DC. The one hit has been took a microphone and called for the end of the “genocide” and the end of the “racist regime” in Israel.

He should have kept his mouth shut. Whatever career he still has is now gone.

“I didn’t expect to be on a microphone,” said Macklemore. “There are thousands of people here more qualified to speak on the issue of a free Palestine than myself.”

He added: “But I will say this. They told me to be quiet. They told me to do my research, to go back, that it’s too complex to say something, right? To be silent in this moment. In the last three weeks I’ve gone back and I’ve done some research … I’m teachable. I don’t know enough. But I know enough that this is a genocide.”

If he’s teachable remains to be seen. On YouTube he told a videographer: “We need to end this racist regime.”

Macklemore has sold about 23,000 albums this year, most of it from streaming. He doesn’t really have a career but represents himself as an “activist.” His big stand was for gay rights. But if a gay person set foot in Palestine, they wouldn’t last very long. So maybe he should teach himself a little more.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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