AMERICAN rapper Macklemore has pledged to donate his portion of the money generated in Australia from his smash hit song ‘Same Love’ to the country’s YES campaign for same-sex marriage.
The 2013 ‘gay anthem’ skyrocketed back to No. 1 on the iTunes chart on Thursday night following a storm of controversy that arose over his decision to perform the song at Sunday’s NRL grand final.
It comes as the country reaches the crucial halfway point in the debate to legalise same-sex marriage.
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Speaking to Nine News shortly after touching down in Sydney on Saturday morning, Macklemore said the “overpour of love” was “pretty amazing” and said it was “resistance against hatred”.
The hip-hop artist told Channel Nine reporter Mike Dalton planning for the half-time performance at Sunday’s NRL grand final began back in May, well before the same-sex marriage survey was announced.
“Anytime that you announce a performer, it’s going to be in front of 80,000 people, there is going to be some people that are like ‘oh why don’t we have this person’, that just comes with the territory,” he said.
“But then when the petition started that’s when I was really like ‘okay, this is an issue now’ … It’s a testament of where Australia is at right now.”
A petition started by former player Tony Wall was circulated online earlier this week in an effort to halt the half-time performance.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott supported the petition, tweeting: “Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport!”
But the American performer has hit back, promising a significant funding boost for the country’s ‘YES’ campaign.
“I want to donate my portion of the proceeds from Same Love that I get off of that record here in Australia to voting yes,” he told Nine.
It’s understood the funding arrangement is yet to be formally finalised.
For those that have not yet completed their same-sex marriage survey, you have just a little over five weeks to do so.
The results of the $112 million non-binding national postal survey will be released on November 15.
For more information on the survey, click here.
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) September 30, 2017