October 13, 2015


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Visit Rejected by California High School, Students Push Back

Adam Berry/Redferns for Lollapalooza Berlin
Adam Berry/Redferns for Lollapalooza Berlin

Congratulations, students of California's Aliso Niguel High School, for winning a visit from MacklemoreRyan Lewis and a $10,000 grant for your music program! Here's the catch, though: the duo isn't allowed to come, and your school's turning down the money as well. Sorry.

The Aliso Viejo, Calif. school recently won a contest on Chegg.com, an academic assistance site, for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to deliver a speech and $10,000 grant to the school. However, parent complaints about the perceived misogyny and pro-drug messages in the "Thrift Shop" team's music have prevented the visit from materializing. Here's a breakdown from a student on Twitter:

Macklemore highlighted the post on his own Twitter, simply writing, "That's disappointing."

Another student explained the situation on a Reddit thread, noting that the intended visit wouldn't be a performance but rather a Q&A session about the music industry. A Change.org petition to allow Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to visit has quickly passed 5,000 signatures.

If they haven't already, someone should point the Aliso Niguel High School administration to Mack's recent comments about overcoming addiction. Not exactly an endorsement of substance use.