Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has this week criticised the National Rugby League (NRL) for allowing US singer Macklemore to perform his 2012 No.1 hit Same Love this Sunday at the Grand Final.
Taking to Twiter Abbott claimed that “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
Public criticism of Macklemore’s same-sex marriage anthem sung during the sports grand final at a time when Australia is conducting a postal survey on whether same-sex couples in Australia should be able to marry has caused continued debate with calls for ‘No’ voting fans to boycott the game.
Other Australian politicians, including North Queensland MP Bob Katter, have accused the NRL of insulting and offending fans by choosing American artist Macklemore as its half-time act.
“If they [the NRL] take the most sacred day of the year, outside of Christmas, and use it to promote their sexual proclivities, that is an insult and an offence to every single follower of rugby league in this country,” Katter told the ABC’s 7:30 Report.
Macklemore spoke of the issue on US radio:
— The Cruz Show (@TheCruzShow) September 27, 2017
Since then, an online movement to bring Macklemore’s song Same Love feat. Mary Lambert back to number one on the Australian iTunes song chart has successfully gone viral.
“Wanna really annoy Tony Abbott for only $2.19? Purchase a copy of Same Love by Macklemore and send it back to No.1… just purchased it again despite buying it five years ago… go ahead, such a good feeling!” wrote Melbourne based DJ Damien Reddrop in a Facebook post.
Screenshots of the Australian based iTunes chart suggest that that the song has indeed made it to number 1 in just a few hours.
Bring on grand final night!