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Macklemore's going to sing 'Same Love' no matter what rugby fans think

Macklemore's going to sing 'Same Love' no matter what rugby fans think

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sparked a row after saying Macklemore shouldn't be allowed to perform his hit "Same Love" in Australia this weekend.

This morning the attorney-general, George Brandis, described Abbott's comments as "bizarre". He then noted that he intends to "go harder" in response to the criticism.

"For Mr Abbott and anyone else to say that it should be banned I think is a freakish thing to say", he told the ABC on Thursday. "The opinion that I expressed yesterday was that the NRL had made a poor call in doing what they did", Abbott told reporters when he explained his position.

"So I'm getting a lot of tweets from angry old white men in Australia who I think there was a petition today to ban me from playing it".

The NRL grand final is one of the country's biggest sporting events with an expected TV audience of about 4 million people.

Plans by the singer to perform his pro-same sex relationships hit, Same Love, have No campaigners in the federal government's marriage survey calling for it to be stopped, with the former prime minister claiming the song politicises sport.

The US rapper has spoken out against conservative commentators who expressed outrage and demanded he not perform his 2012 hit "Same Love".

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"Trying to censor the playlist at the half-time entertainment at the grand final is not consistent with taking a liberal approach to free speech", Mr Turnbull said.

"A lot of his songs I've heard, you wouldn't even want to play them because of the lyrics", she said.

The NRL's decision to back the Yes campaign for same-sex marriage has been a controversial one, but things may have gotten out of hand thanks to a petition started by ex-footballer Tony Wall.

The petition has attracted more than 7000 signatures, but the NRL has stood firm, confirming Macklemore will still be performing the song on Sunday.

"We have seen political correctness run riot on a whole host of issues, but this is the first time that the Australian public have been asked to cast their verdict on all of these developments", he said.

Meanwhile in Australia, the fight over Macklemore's performance has gone in-house.


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