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So I forgot about this Tumblr I started during the summer. It’s sort of an odd, but interesting idea (according to me, at least): Creating fictional pieces based on the characters in popular songs.
Anyway, the first piece examined the other side of Jim Croce’s “Operator.” I rarely write fiction, but I thought I did alright.
And yeah, I guess “Operator” was popular back in the early 70s, but you know what I mean.
This is Good
Bigfoot is — by far — the best gauge of Americans’ welfare.
As long as people keep claiming they have evidence that proves the hairy guys exist, we’re doing fine. As long as news outlets keep covering those proclamations, everything’s good. Bigfoot stories show that we all still have time to think about inane crap that will never, ever, happen.
If a few years go by and there are no Bigfoot sightings, no Sasquatch videos; America is officially fucked. Because that means something so serious has happened that we can no longer dedicate any brain power to a real life version of Harry and The Hendersons.
The Bigfoot legend might seem ridiculous, but in the end it’s helpful. And it’s certainly not abominable.
Macklemore: The Great White Hope
I’ve never been a fan of Eminem. I respect his talent, but the constant Yell Rapping thing that he does is almost more irritating than Nicki Minaj’s baby voice. Almost. Aside from his style, my main criticism of Em is that he’s overrated, and that if he was black, he’d be just another MC. I said this when The Slim Shady LP debuted, and I’ll keep saying it until Em drops the mic for good. The fact that he’s helped out by his skin tone isn’t his fault, but it’s the truth. That inherent advantage is where Macklemore comes in.
In a Rolling Stone piece, Macklemore admitted that being white has a lot to do with his success:
"If you’re going to be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability. You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how you’re benefiting from it. At the very least, just bringing up those points and acknowledging that, yes, I understand my privilege, I understand how it works for me in society, and how it works for me in 2013 with the success that The Heist has had.
We made a great album, but I do think we have benefited from being white and the media grabbing on to something. A song like ‘Thrift Shop’ was safe enough for the kids. It was like, ‘This is music that my mom likes and that I can like as a teenager,’ and even though I’m cussing my ass 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.”
I’m also not a fan of Macklemore, but after reading this, I like him a lot more. I don’t think that every white MC has to acknowledge their privilege, but it’s certainly refreshing to hear one finally do it.