Ricki Lee Comments On The NRL Grand Final Backlash Over Marriage Equality

Tony Abbott Is Mad That Macklemore Is Performing 'Same Love' At The NRL Grand Final

There's been a lot of contention surrounding Macklemore performing the song, including from former Prime Minister Abbott, who yesterday backed a petition calling for the track to be banned from the Grand Final.

"It's interesting actually cause I'm gonna play Same Love and they're going through trying to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia", he said on the USA radio show The Cruz Show.

He told U.S. radio that he was going to perform the song at the "Superbowl of their rugby" as Australia underwent "interesting times". The song went to number one in Australia and called for marriage equality to be legalized.

"On Thursday morning, attorney general George Brandis told ABC TV that Tony Abbott's criticism was "a freakish thing to say", adding that "[he] thought Mr Abbott believed in freedom of speech".

Asked by the interviewer if he planned to "go harder" on the issue, Macklemore replied, "I'm gonna go harder".

Abbott, who was booed during his appearance at the final in 2014, wrote on Twitter: "Footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicised grand final".

But Attorney General George Brandis has thrown his support behind the NRL and Macklemore, challenging Mr Abbott's commitment to freedom of speech.

The petition, initiated this week by a former rugby league player Tony Wall, says it will be hard to watch the final "with a LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Queer) anthem taking centre stage".

"I thought Mr Abbott believed in freedom of speech".

"So it's interesting times in Australia".

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

More than 85,000 fans and a huge television audience are expected to watch the NRL Grand Final in Sydney on Sunday.

'Macklemore has got some good songs, he's got one of them which made the top ten which doesn't sit well with me politcally.

Macklemore himself has responded to the controversy.

Outspoken Footy Show panellist Sam Newman blasted the AFL for its support of same-sex marriage last week, saying the league was grandstanding.

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