He’s a free speech advocate but some free speech is just taking things too far for former prime minister Tony Abbott.
Like a hit single with a female-led chorus that includes the line, “She keeps me warm”, being performed at a G-rated event like the NRL Grand Final.
An online petition calling on the NRL to stop Macklemore performing his hit song ‘Same Love’ during the Grand Final has received the backing of Abbott.
The Change.org petition was started by Tony Wall, a former NRL player, who says that the “LGBTIQ anthem” should not be played as it’s a “bold political stance” that would make his family feel “uncomfortable” during the game.
Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport! https://t.co/1uRh4eZ61Z
— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) September 27, 2017
Both of these Tonys may have missed the fact the song was a number one hit in Australia, FIVE years ago.
It’s also one of four songs being performed by Macklemore during the half time performance.
Macklemore has this morning responded to the criticism over his upcoming performance, telling a US radio show that he’s received plenty of “tweets from angry, old white dudes in Australia”
But Macklemore also vowed to still perform the song, telling the US that he’s now “Gonna go harder” in response.
And while hearing Senator George Brandis discussing Macklemore’s music is not exactly what you expect to hear on ABC radio, he at least talked some common sense on the matter this morning with Fran Kelly. “I thought Mr Abbott believed in free speech,” he said.
“It is one of [Macklemore’s] most popular songs and for Mr Abbott and anyone else to say that it should be banned I think is a bizarre thing to say.”
— MCNews.com.au (@mcnewscomau) September 27, 2017