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November 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Macklemore says join the ACLU to preserve freedoms

“If you like being free like me,” says rapper Macklemore, join the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Seattle-based superstar has launched a video on his Facebook page and promoted via his Twitter feed urging people to join the ACLU to protect precious personal freedoms.

In the 50-second spot, the rapper tells people to get the ACLU membership card, in part, because it “lets my gay friends marry the hell out of each other.”

“I’ve got a lot of things to do during the day,” he says on the video. “So something like being beaten with a club, pepper-sprayed, and tased for expressing my political views would really slow me down. That’s why I carry the ACLU card.”

Macklemore and his partner Ryan Lewis this year won a YouTube Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and three MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Video with a Message for “Same Love.”

Macklemore said, “The tireless work of the ACLU to preserve the freedoms of all people in our country inspires my music and my deepest connection to my human community.”

The video was produced by the ACLU of Washington in partnership with the Wexley School for Girls, a Seattle-based ad agency.

Kathleen Taylor, ACLU of Washington executive director, said, “Free speech, marriage for same-sex couples, and reproductive freedom ­– ­Macklemore addresses civil liberties issues that really matter to his fans and the ACLU. And he does so humorously and irreverently. That’s the beauty of it.”

According to an ACLU news release, Macklemore has 3.3 million Facebook fans and 1.7 million Twitter followers.

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