By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com December 03 2012 3:39 PM ET
Hip-hop artist Macklemore has received a letter of appreciation from a Michigan student whose teacher was reprimanded for allowing an LGBT-supportive song by the performer to be played in her class.
Susan Johnson, a performing arts teacher at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, Mich., played the Macklemore track “Same Love” in class last month at the suggestion of a student. Another student complained, and Johnson was suspended for three days, two of them without pay.
Macklemore spoke out in support of the teacher, and now another student writes to the artist, “Your song has a great message, and no one should have complained about it. It’s a song about rights, and equality, and if someone felt uncomfortable about that then I am honestly surprised.”
Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty) posted the letter on his Facebook page, calling it “amazing.”