Brandis hits out at Abbott over NRL song

Macklemore the bane of old white dudes
Macklemore the bane of old white
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29 September, 2017

Former primer minister Tony Abbott was among thousands of footy fans who slammed the rapper for choosing to perform "Same Love" during the upcoming NRL grand final.

Speaking to U.S. radio station Power 106, the Grammy-award-winning artist said he would push back against attempts to stop the performance of his song Same Love, which is about same-sex marriage.

Asked by the interviewer if he planned to "go harder" on the issue, Macklemore replied, "I'm gonna go harder".

He said: "I'm getting a lot of tweets from angry, old white dudes in Australia".

"It's one thing to let either side of the debate advertise during the finals, it's a completely different thing to embed same-sex marriage advocacy as an official statement", he said.

The song Same Love, which reached No.1 in Australia in 2013, is critical of homophobia in rap music and includes the lyric: "No freedom 'til we're equal, damn right I support it".

"Naturally he will be performing his number one hits on Sunday".

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Mr Abbott also retweeted a petition that is attempting to ban Macklemore from performing.

Spokesman, David Goodwin, said it was "bizarre" that the song was being performed at half time and millions of Australians disagreed with its message.

Perhaps the most vocal proponent of the "No" campaign, Abbott took to Twitter to voice his concern that Macklemore would perform his hit song Same Love, which is about same-sex relationships.

Mr Abbott backed that call, tweeting: "Footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicised grand final".

Former NRL player Tony Wall started a petition demanding the "LGBTIQ anthem" shouldn't be played because it was a "bold political stance". But because we're holding a postal plebiscite on marriage equality, and nothing makes sense anymore, conservative commentators and politicians have gotten very riled up. Today I think there is a petition to ban me from playing.

Macklemore told Los Angeles Radio KPWR before flying to Sydney on Thursday that he was aware of the controversy facing him but would not change his song list.

However, the NRL has reiterated its support for same-sex marriage and said the performance will go ahead.


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