After hearing about the Orlando shootings this past weekend at the nightclub, this song instantly popped into my head. There is so much hate, and discrimination in our world today, and this song hits these social issues head on. My heart is heavy for those who have innocently lost their lives due to hate crimes, and my hope is that this song can open the eyes of the world, love is love and why thats so hard to accept, I’ll never know.
This songs main theme is stereotypes, how even as children we are plagued with them, being homosexual is one of them. The singer of the song thought he was gay as a child because he could draw, and kept his room clean. Why would a child be scared to be gay? It’s because nowadays they are hated on for their sexual preference. This song talks about how religion tells them that they can be cured from being gay, it’s still not socially acceptable, yet the statement “god loves all his children” is forgotten. This speaks to me, my best guy friend got shunned from his family, and his church for being gay. America says we accept everyone, yet when they have different beliefs than ours we get defensive, and claim their “truth” is wrong because it doesn’t match ours. Who are we to decide what’s right and whats wrong?
Words like “gay” and “faggot” get dropped without people even realizing what they are saying, in day to day conversation, or in a song. This song is bringing attention to that. The line “man thats gay, gets dropped the daily” It’s true, we say derogatory words without even thinking twice. This song keeps coming back to hate, and how prominent it is today. He’s right, people cannot change who they are and nor should they want to. That’s so important which is why i believe he used “and I can’t change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to” in the chorus. Like he says we can’t change who they are, even if they break the “norm”, I want to live in a world where my children won’t think being gay is different, they just love who they love.
The line that hit me the hardest in this song was “a world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are.” We live in a world where people take their own lives because they hate themselves. I couldn’t imagine hating myself so much, and having nowhere to turn because you are “different” than what society says is correct. We need to welcome others differences with open arms, and that’s the whole point of this song.
The writer of this song did an AMAZING job speaking up about the social issue of homophobia in this country, and the rest of the world. My hope is that this song can open the eyes of those who’s hearts are filled with hatred for those who are different than they are. My heart breaks for those who feel that they are alone, and hated. If you are one of those people, listen to this song and know that there are others out there who are like you, and those of us who aren’t but support you one hundred percent. In light of the shootings against the gay community this past weekend, my heart goes out to you. I wish I could wrap my arms around you, and let you know that you aren’t alone. For those whose lives were innocently taken due to the hatred, may you rest in peace.