Macklemore Hits Back At Calls To Ban ‘Same Love’ Grand Final Performance

A petition has been launched in a bid to stop US rapper Macklemore from performing the song “Same Love” at the NRL Grand Final this weekend.

Two weeks ago, the NRL backed the “yes” campaign after encouragement from out rugby legend Ian Roberts.

It was recently announced Macklemore will perform the chart-topping marriage equality song Same Love as part of his set at the Grand Final at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday.

But a petition has been started by ex-NRL player Tony Wall demanding the NRL take a neutral stance on the issue and that the song not be performed.

He wrote that the NRL had taken a “bold political stance” and his family would feel “uncomfortable” at the footy.

“As a No voter 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,” he wrote.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott also weighed in, tweeting: “Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport!”

But Attorney-General George Brandis said the outburst was “bizarre,” telling the ABC: “It is one of his 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. I thought Mr Abbott believed in freedom of speech.”

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg stood by the decision, telling radio station 2GB: “We’re an inclusive game and whilst everyone will stand for their own issues and make their own decisions, we’re very comfortable with where we sit.”

When word of the controversy reached Macklemore, he told US radio show The Cruz Show he was going to “go harder” and “love” during his performance, despite “getting a lot of tweets from angry old white dudes in Australia.”

Singer Mary Lambert, who features on the track, tweeted last week that she’s “so excited” to reunite with the rapper to perform the song.

Others are loving Macklemore’s spot on the lineup.

The Grand Final will be screened on Channel Nine from 6.30pm on Sunday, October 1.

Last week, the AFL changed the logo on their Melbourne headquarters to “Yes” for 24 hours to show support for marriage equality.

Give Macklemore’s “Same Love” another listen below:

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