“Songs about getting better”: Suicide ideation and pop punk

CW: Discussion of suicide.

Logic’s song “1–800–273–8255” bothers me. In truth I’m bothered by any song that capitalizes on a social issue when it is written and performed by people who are not directly affected by the issue and/or when the lyrics maintain an impersonal distance from the issue. Macklemore’s gay rights song “Same Love” comes to mind, as does Lady…