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The singer Amanda Palmer has weighed in on the debate over Macklemore’s performance and wins at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. She had recently seen “12 Years a Slave,” the Oscar-nominated film about the horrors of slavery that concludes with producer Brad Pitt playing a cameo role as an emancipator figure.
saw "12 years a slave" last night (wept. a lot.) thought about recent macklemore/grammys drama. and felt really, deeply sad for america.— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) January 28, 2014
there was a race-fueled pile-on because people thought he was unqualified to beat out black artists. it just... RT @punkypeggy Macklemore?— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) January 28, 2014
..more fuel on the fire of a deep-seated, generally unaddressed race problem in america that is simmering loudly getting worse by the second— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) January 28, 2014
as with feminism -> "[we] have a long way to go, & criticizing allies for 'not getting it perfect' is not going to get us there any faster"— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) January 28, 2014
To wit: In the era of slavery in America, white anti-slavery crusaders played the role that Macklemore does today, which is why it’s a travesty when people criticize him for winning an industry award or for performing at the ceremony in a certain way? Except that Brad Pitt’s character actually did free a slave, while Macklemore’s moves toward equality have been far more conceptual, encouraging general acceptance of gay people in an industry he’s hazily alleged to be anti-gay. Also, slavery was slavery.
Much of the criticism around Macklemore is not about what Palmer frames as racial animus, but instead is about his perceived classlessness in making public an apology to his fellow nominee, and about his perceived distancing himself from gay people while riding the marriage-equality cause to greater fame. That criticism that is racialized is far too complicated and bound up in the concepts of appropriation and privilege for a tweet — or for a comparison to slavery.
Maybe the criticism of Macklemore is overkill! That’s the point made in a post by Dan Savage that Palmer tweeted out, which managed to make the easily understood, fair point that Macklemore is an imperfect but valuable ally to the gay community without comparing him once to someone who freed actual slaves.
But the woman who seized upon the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrest in order to promote her poetry could be accused of missing nuance in the heat of the SEO-driven moment.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.