As expected, this powerful demonstration of support for SSM on one of Australia’s biggest stages at such a critical time for the country has sparked a storm of outrage from the ‘No’ movement, with ex-NRL player Tony Wall starting a petition on Change.org demanding the song be banned from the GF and that “LGBTIQ politics [be] taken out of the NRL”.
“It will be very difficult to watch the NRL Grand Final with my wife and five young children as the event will be heavily politicised with a LGBTIQ anthem taking centre stage,” Wall — who played 10 games for the Western Suburbs Magpies back in 1995 — bellyaches.
“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.”
He’s vowed to slap NRL boss Todd Greenberg with the petition in a bid to have the song scrapped from Macklemore’s Grand Final playlist.
Meanwhile, former P-M and serial gum flapper Tony Abbott has also tweeted his support for the petition, arguing “Sport is sport!”
Meanwhile, despite Mack being accused of politicising Grand Final Day by performing ‘Same Love’, the code has been quick to point out that the song was also a bonafide hit down under, shooting to number #1 on the ARIA charts when it was released back in 2012.
He is actually singing all his biggest hits – as his fans would expect.
While others have jumped in to point out that sport has actually provided the backdrop for some hugely important political moments in history, and Macklemore singing ‘Same Love’ could indeed be another one.
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