WARNING: You Might Not Want to See This Video

I have been debating whether or not to post this video, but have decided to. It is a video that is over seven minutes long from this past week's Grammy Awards. I think the video is important to see where our culture believes the current battle is being fought and how they believe that battle is over (and perhaps it almost is over). The video is more than a song – it is a legal wedding ceremony. The strongest emotion I had watching the video was sadness.

Tomorrow, I will have a bit more to say on this. 

If you wonder what the cultural priority is these days – simply watch this. The words are important. There is at least one swear word (Just to warn you)… But the content of the song is more shocking than the swear word in the song. Queen Latifa, in introducing the song said, "Whatever God you believe in, we come from the same one. Strip away from the fear…"

 

(If you don't see the video above – just click HERE to see it)

Here are the lyrics:

"Same Love"
(with Ryan Lewis; feat. Mary Lambert)

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.
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She's like "Ben you've loved girls since before pre-k, trippin' "
Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn't she?
Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.
I remember doing the math like, "Yeah, I'm good at little league"
A preconceived idea of what it all meant
For those that liked the same sex
Had the characteristics
The right wing conservatives think it's a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don't know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don't know

And I can't change - even if I tried - even if I wanted to
And I can't change – even if I tried – even if I wanted to
My love - My love - My love
She keeps me warm - She keeps me warm – She keeps me warm - She keeps me warm

If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
"Man, that's gay" gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we're saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don't have acceptance for 'em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It's the same hate that's caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference!
Live on and be yourself
When I was at church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed
That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that's not important
No freedom till we're equal, damn right I support it

(I don't know)

And I can't change - even if I tried - even if I wanted to
And I can't change – even if I tried – even if I wanted to
My love - My love - My love
She keeps me warm - She keeps me warm - She keeps me warm - She keeps me warm

We press play, don't press pause
Progress, march on
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids are walking 'round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all
But it's a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it's all the same love
About time that we raised up… sex

And I can't change - even if I tried - even if I wanted to
And I can't change – even if I tried – even if I wanted to
My love - My love - My love
She keeps me warm - She keeps me warm - She keeps me warm - She keeps me warm

Love is patient - Love is kind
Love is patient - Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
Love is kind

 
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So – what emotion did you feel watching this video?

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