Failed Australian politician Tony Abbott has once again put his foot in his mouth with silly statements suggesting U.S. rapper Macklemore should be banned from performing his no 1 hit "Same Love" at the Grand Final in Sydney on Sunday.
Macklemore - aka Benjamin Haggerty - has said he couldn't be "more honoured and excited" to perform his hit "Same Love" at the Grand Final. Today I think there is a petition to ban from me playing. "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.
Spokesman, David Goodwin, said it was "bizarre" that the song was being performed at half time and millions of Australians disagreed with its message.
Tony Abbott even took to his Twitter page to throw his support behind a movement to stop Macklemore performing his tribute to the LGBTQI+ community (and equal opportunity in general).
Mr Abbott, a vocal same-sex marriage opponent, said the National Rugby League (NRL) should not be politicised.
"Macklemore was chosen as the Grand Final act because he is now one of the top acts in the world", a spokesman told the ABC.
He said, as a football fan, he doesn't want a "PC lecture" on what way people should vote in the referendum. And lately, they've focused their ire on Macklemore and the NRL, arguing that the "Same Love" performance will represent an incursion of politics into what they believe should be the safe space of sports.
Macklemore's song has caused controversy ahead of the NRL Grand Final.
"Same Love" features lyrics about LGBTQ rights and was recorded in 2012, during the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Washington.
Greenberg has also responded, sticking by the NRL's headline pre-game performer, telling 2GB radio that "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".