CNN's Cuomo Extols Rapper Macklemore Pro-LGBT 'Social Consciousness'
CNN's Chris Cuomo sang the praises of hip-hop artist Macklemore on Monday's New Day for his pro-LGBT agenda "Same Love" track, and for his part in the mass wedding ceremony at the Grammy Awards on Sunday: "I think you got to give it to Macklemore, because he's really inserted social consciousness back into rap, and that's a very welcome thing to a lot of people."
Correspondent Nischelle Turner also played up the rapper's participation in the "star-studded wedding seen around the world...officiated by Queen Latifah and Madonna acting as maid of honor," and spotlighted a clip of the Grammy winner underlining the left-wing social message of his recording: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]
MACKLEMORE: I think that this is a very unique opportunity to sing our song about tolerance and acceptance and equal rights to – to the masses.
Turner led her report about the Grammys with the mass wedding portion of the music awards show. The CNN journalist pointed out that "Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who took home four Grammy awards, provided their hit song, 'Same Love,' as a backdrop for the ceremony" before playing the "tolerance and acceptance" soundbite from the lyricist.
Near the end of the segment, anchor Kate Bolduan marveled over singer Pink's "high-flying act," which Turner had mentioned earlier: "Pink – my God, is she in good shape! I want to talk about that." Cuomo replied with his superlative about Macklemore:
CHRIS CUOMO: She [Pink] was impressive, but I got – I think you got to give it to Macklemore, because he's really inserted social consciousness back into rap, and that's a very welcome thing to a lot of people-
BOLDUAN: He is so good-
CUOMO: It's got that great line in one of his songs: 'change the game; don't let the game change you.'
CNN has a history of giving active support to homosexual activist groups, so Cuomo's remarks should come as no surprise.
[Update: the transcript of the Nischelle Turner segment from Monday's New Day on CNN, including the Bolduan/Cuomo exchange, can be read at MRC.org.]