CONTROVERSY has erupted after it was revealed US Rapper Macklemore would be performing his well-known marriage equality anthem ‘Same Love’ at the NRL grand final this weekend.
Macklemore is set to perform the popular hit in front of over 70,000 people at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, as well as millions watching from home and at pubs on TV.
However, with the current same-sex marriage survey currently ongoing in Australia, ‘No’ campaigners have come out in full force, saying the NRL shouldn’t be politicising the event.
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Ex-NRL player Tony Wall has started a change.org petition titled Take LGBTIQ politics out of the NRL, and is calling on the NRL to “take a neutral position on the question of same-sex marriage.”
“I am really concerned about a recent decision on behalf of the NRL to back the Yes campaign for the Marriage Law Postal Survey,” the description of the petition reads.
“My family and many other loyal NRL fans, who are No voters, will not feel comfortable watching the Grand Final when the NRL is imposing such a bold political stance on its fans while the issue is currently being voted on by the Australian people.
“Join with me in voicing your concern and demand that the NRL take a neutral position on the question of same-sex marriage.”
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also backed the petition, tweeting “Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport!”
Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport! https://t.co/1uRh4eZ61Z
— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) September 27, 2017
Speaking on US radio station ‘The Cruz Show’ Macklemore addressed the controversy for the first time.
“I’m actually going out to Australia to perform at kind of the Super Bowl of their rugby league,” he said.
“And it’s interesting actually cause I’m gonna play Same Love and they’re going through trying to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.
“So I’m getting a lot of tweets from angry old white dudes in Australia. Today I think there is a petition to ban me from playing.
“It’s interesting times in Australia and I’m heading on a flight over there later tonight.”
— The Cruz Show (@TheCruzShow) September 27, 2017
Macklemore will also be performing some of his other hits including ‘Downtown’ and ‘Glorious’, which will be broadcast on Channel Nine from 6.30pm on Sunday October 1.