Ben Haggerty, better known as “Macklemore,” has released a new song called “White Privilege II,” a sequel to a song he did back in 2005, “White Privilege”. This new song is free on iTunes and other streaming services. As the name of the song suggests, the song is about the supposed “white privilege” which Macklemore argues he himself and other white people possess. “How can you call yourself a black ally while occupying a white body and getting rich off black music?” the lyrics say. He also talks about marching with “Black Lives Matter” (which he did after the Michael Brown decision) but feeling unworthy of the cause: “Okay, I’m saying that they’re chanting out, ‘Black lives matter,’ but I don’t say it back / Is it okay for me to say? I don’t know, so I watch and stand in front of a line of police that look the same as me.”
A Youtube version of the song below:
In the song, he then takes a stab at other musicians, such as Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azaela and Elvis Presley, focusing primarily on Iggy Azalea whose music he describes as “fascist and backwards”.
Iggy Azalea was quick to respond:
What Maclemore did not count on was the backlash he would receive from “Black Twitter” and Social Justice Warriors who as history has shown, will take the opportunity to play the victim at every turn.
Looks like they don’t need you speaking for them Mac:
I don’t even know what this one means:
Pot calling the kettle black according to this user:
Of course, others were quick to point out the hypocrisy of the crowd attacking Macklemore:
These tweets perfectly display the absurdity of pandering to the Social Justice Warrior and PC crowd. It’s a perfect tale of “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” Nothing you do will ever be good enough. You lose either way. The only winning move is not to play.