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MC Flow’s new “Created Equal” video continues the project born on November 5, after Californians opposing legalized marriage between gay couples voted Proposition 8 into law. Flow responded in verse, with a video for the song filmed on the streets of San Diego. The video was directed by a local couple, Kevin and Rebecca Joelson.

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To film the video, Rebecca Joelson says she “…approached people and asked if they would take 30 seconds out of their day to be in a music video about ‘No on Prop 8’…about 60 percent said no.”

Willing participants held one of around 70 signs with handwritten lyric segments.

“Each participant chose the word they wanted to hold, that had the most meaning to them, and they wrote their word on the sign,” says Joelson.

Sample lyric: “Someday when our kids look back, they’ll ask us why we froze in fear/ Why we wrote hate on the books, why we made rights disappear/ We’ll be forced to answer to them, why we backed discrimination/ Why we broke up marriages and families with no hesitation.”

“Created Equal” can be viewed at myspace.com/mcflow.

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MC Flow’s new “Created Equal” video continues the project born on November 5, after Californians opposing legalized marriage between gay couples voted Proposition 8 into law. Flow responded in verse, with a video for the song filmed on the streets of San Diego. The video was directed by a local couple, Kevin and Rebecca Joelson.

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To film the video, Rebecca Joelson says she “…approached people and asked if they would take 30 seconds out of their day to be in a music video about ‘No on Prop 8’…about 60 percent said no.”

Willing participants held one of around 70 signs with handwritten lyric segments.

“Each participant chose the word they wanted to hold, that had the most meaning to them, and they wrote their word on the sign,” says Joelson.

Sample lyric: “Someday when our kids look back, they’ll ask us why we froze in fear/ Why we wrote hate on the books, why we made rights disappear/ We’ll be forced to answer to them, why we backed discrimination/ Why we broke up marriages and families with no hesitation.”

“Created Equal” can be viewed at myspace.com/mcflow.

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According to Flow, “The lyrics came to me very quickly, very stream-of-consciousness, just as the final song turned out. I performed it at some of my shows, however it’s difficult to perform live, since it’s four straight minutes of rapping with no break, chorus, or bridge. There were a few shows where I didn’t get all the way through it.”

Rebecca Joelson explains why certain lyric segments were chosen by some of the sign-carrying (if not flag-waving or Bible-thumping) participants.

"The man who held ‘civil rights’ explained that he and his partner had been together for seventeen years and had just gotten married, but he feared that if Prop 8 passed, their marriage would no longer be recognized. The woman who held ‘domestic partnership’ shared eighteen years with her partner until this year, when she passed away, and she chose that particular sign to keep her partner’s memory alive."

Jan. 8, 2009

Great vision and wonderful video. I'm super proud of everyone involved.

Jan. 8, 2009

Awesome video, totally inspired song, completely NECESSARY!

Jan. 8, 2009

Great Video!!! The message is clear and comes across beautifully.

Jan. 9, 2009
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