I thought I had mistakenly clicked across to the Betoota Advocate when reading this article. Life imitating satire.
‘Imma go harder’: Macklemore responds to NRL grand final controversy
US rapper Macklemore has promised to “go harder” despite being unwittingly caught up in Australia’s divisive marriage equality postal survey.
After it was revealed the Thrift Shop hit-maker would be performing his chart-topping single Same Love during the NRL Grand Final pre-show entertainment, conservative commentators and conservative former prime ministers joined forces to express their outrage.
One tabloid commentator drew attention to the fact Tony Wall, whose claim to fame is 10 games for the Western Suburbs Magpies in 1995, had launched a change.org petition to “remove LGBTIQ politics out of the awesome sport of Rugby League” or it would be “difficult to watch the NRL grand final” due to the “LGBTIQ anthem taking centre stage”.
The petition caught the attention of former prime minister Tony Abbott, who tweeted “Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport!”
One of Abbott’s senior colleagues, Attorney-General George Brandis, on Thursday described Abbott’s comments as “bizarre”.
“For Mr Abbott and anyone else to say that it should be banned I think is a bizarre thing to say. I thought Mr Abbott believed in freedom of speech,” he told ABC TV on Thursday.
Twitter users were quick to draw attention to the many times Abbott has used sport for this own political benefit, while others demanded Macklemore change his set list.
It took less than 24 hours for the brouhaha to reach Macklemore’s ears, and he used a promo spot on US radio show The Cruz Show to respond.
“I’m actually going to Australia to perform at, kind of, the Superbowl of their rugby league,” he told hosts J Cruz, Krystal B and Jeff Garcia.
"It’s interesting because I am playing Same Love, and they are going through, right now, trying to legalise same-sex marriage.
“I’m getting a lot of tweets from angry old white dudes in Australia. I think there is a petition today to ban me from playing.”
This prompted one of the hosts to chip in that he should go harder.
“Imma go harder, Imma love,” Macklemore responded.
Despite the petition, which has gained just over 7000 supporters, the NRL has confirmed the song will be performed during the grand final.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said she did not know who Macklemore was, but she also criticised the politicising of sport.
“I think people have had it up to here with the same-sex marriage issue,” she told the Seven Network.
“We’ve got so many other great artists in this country that we could actually put up there.”
Senator Hanson said she would rather see Australian artists John Farnham or Daryl Braithwaite perform at the grand final.