One day after Google was tricked into altering the name of Margaret Court Arena, it makes perfect sense to highlight that Icelandic band Sigur Rós is more attuned to the Australian public’s views than the Australian government.
The three-piece band will tour Australia for the seventh time, and they’re alarmed at the recent controversy surrounding Margaret Court. Techly recently covered the tongue-in-cheek push to alter the Google Maps description of Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne to Evonne Goolagong Arena.
Australia is still one of the few developed countries to officially oppose same-sex marriage legislation, but the tides are turning. Approximately two-thirds of all Australians support marriage equality.
In a statement, Sigur Rós have indicated their intention to flip the bird to Margaret Court (and the homophobic views she represents) when they play at Margaret Court Arena on July 27 2017.
“Iceland is a country where same-sex partnerships have been recognised since 1996, and where same-sex couples have enjoyed the same adoption rights as straight couples since 2006. Same-sex marriages were unanimously approved in our parliament in 2010 (our then prime minister, jóhanna sigurðardóttir, was the world’s first openly gay pm, and one of the very first Icelanders to be married under this legislation). We are also happy to say that since 2008 the Church of Iceland, and all other religions, were officially granted permission to bless same-sex unions.”
“We know Margaret Court’s opinions are not shared by the majority of Australians. We want to add our voice to the call for marriage equality in Australia — right here on Margaret Court Arena itself. Australia should be a country that celebrates positivity and inclusion, as well as achievement on the sporting field.”
The band will sell special t-shirts at their Melbourne, Sydney and Splendour in the Grass shows. Proceeds from the shirt sales will be donated towards marriage equality support groups in Australia, although the band have not yet indicated which organisation they will donate to.
Your move, Margie.