Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have one of the cleanest reps in hip-hop, but when Aliso Niguel High School won a Q&A session with the Seattle duo, complete with a $10,000 grant for their art and music departments, parents concerned that the two promoted “misogyny and drug use” cancelled the events, setting off a wave of protests by students.
However, when we called Aliso Niguel High School directly, the receptionist told us that the event was back on and that the school would have more details soon. While she refused to give further details or explanation, it would seem that the student movement, social media and media coverage have influenced the school to look at the situation again and ultimately helped them decide that it was far more beneficial for all parties involved to reinstate the event.
When the cancellation of the event was first announced the ban was argued by the student body, but administration wouldn’t lift it. Quinn Darling, a student at Aliso Niguel, wrote a lengthy post on his Instagram last night regarding the situation.
“I am personally offended by their decision as it is based off outdated evidence and our leaders have failed to see all the amazing movements and messages these artists have focused on spreading over the past few years which would be beneficial to every student at our school,” he wrote.
Students fought back by starting a petition that has over 7,100 supporters at the time of this writing. The hashtag #BringBackMack and several posts among some of the biggest hip-hop forums have helped this spread throughout the internet to fans and media alike. Even Macklemore commented in a tweet that reads "that's disappointing."
Aliso Niguel declined to provide an actual date for this now on-again Q&A, but hopefully that changes soon. It’s great to see how much of a positive influence social media can play, which serves as a reminder that hip-hop is so often assumed to be a negative force, even when it comes to one of the most mainstream and positive rappers on the planet.
Even better, the school will get the grant money for their art and music departments, which comes at a time when, as one student cited, the music program had no funding and was running on donations.