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Slaymaker 1Abby SlaymakerSarah AdamsEnglish 1511 July 2018 Same-Sex? Same Love.In 2012, Macklemore released the song “Same Love” with Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert. As a known advocate for same-sex marriage, he used his platform to release a song thatsquashes hate and embraces love. “It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference, live onand be yourself” (2:47) is Macklemore’s overarching message and big idea. In the music video for the song Macklemore encourages the audience to support same-sex marriage and to be more compassionate towards the gay community through the use of a first person narrative, while using Bible references to challenge opposing viewpoints and tugging on the heartstrings of viewers. First, Macklemore establishes a relationship early on with the audience through the use ofa first person narrative. He opens the song with a rap and this part of the song is used to develop a relationship that will make the listener invested. The first lyrics are, “When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay 'cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight” (Macklemore 0:54). These lyrics describe the stereotypes that kids grow up learning. This narrative from his own life allows him to reach his audience through their emotions. The audience will be more likely to trust him if it’s coming from his childhood. Emotions are pulled as we see “Ben” (Macklemore) run to his mom crying. He’s going to tell her he’s gay “with tears rushing down his face” (1:00). The audience can understand why a boy his age would be frightened by complex thoughts like these. He “remembers doing the math like, yeah, I’m good
Slaymaker 2at little league, a preconceived idea of what it all meant” (1:11). The listeners understand how silly this sounds, but it shows how stereotyping people can sound so ridiculous. He minimizes the stereotyping logic to that of a child. This use of logos is effective because he doesn’t call out people that stereotype directly, but he still conveys the fact that it is childish. Through the story Macklemore has told, he has grabbed the audience’s attention and already made one argument, but has yet to make any big claims. This is important because if he were to come out of the gates and singled out specific groups, that would make the audience feel alienated and defensive. Later in the song, Macklemore makes direct references to Republicans and Christians who discourage homosexuality. He uses their own opinions and claims and makes them seem foolish. At this point in the music video, it shows church, crosses, priests, and very little racial diversity. It all looks like it’s real footage from decades ago. This emphasizes the idea that this way of thinking is holding back and isn’t letting us make progress. “The right wing conservativesthink it’s a decisions” (1:20) is the first line of this new section in the song. It packs a punch.

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Term
Spring
Professor
CHAPPELL
Tags
English, Literature, Rhetoric, Homosexuality, Rhetorical Analysis, Same sex marriage, First person narrative

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