Although the song “Same Love” was deemed by some as the LGBT anthem of the year, others criticized Macklemore for co-opting the LGBT equality movement, becoming a voice of a community he doesn’t belong to, and overlooking how his white, straight privilege didn’t make him the best messenger. Enter Black pansexual rapper Angel Haze who recently released a remix to Macklemore’s “Same Love.” What are your thoughts?
The 22-year-old raps, “At age 13 my mother knew I wasn’t straight/ She didn’t understand but she had so much to say/ She sat me on the couch, looked me straight in my face/ She said, ‘You’ll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS.'”
She closes saying that she won’t be labeled: “No, I’m not gay/ No, I’m not straight/ And I sure as hell am not bisexual/ Damn it, I am who I am when I am it.”
A day before she released the remix, Angel Haze took to Twitter to express her hesitation. With the support of her fans, she went ahead and shared the song via Soundcloud.
Last year, she told The Guardian, “Love is boundary-less. If you can make me feel, if you can make me laugh – and that’s hard – then I can be with you. I don’t care if you have a vagina or if you’re a hermaphrodite or whatever.” Her life journey on growing up in a Pentecostal church, being homeless, breaking up with her girlfriend, and more appeared in The Telegraph earlier this month.
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