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George Brandis backs Macklemore’s right to play “Same Love” at NRL grand final

Macklemore has received the backing of Attorney-General George Brandis to play “Same Love” at the NRL Grand Final.

It’s not like Macklemore needs it anyway.

Tony doesn’t like the idea of equality for all Australians and now he thinks we should ban certain types of art. If he loves injustice and censorship so much, maybe he should move to North Korea.

Twitter has already given Tony a thorough roasting and now Brandis – who knows a thing or two about the law – has called out the strangeness of Tony’s request.

Senator Brandis told ABC News that the song was popular and playing popular songs is what pop stars do. Pretty obvious right?

“This particular song is one of four songs, I believe, that Macklemore is singing,” Brandis said.

“It is one of his most popular songs, and for Mr Abbott or 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.”

Tony believes in freedom of speech as long as you are saying what he wants to hear.

ABC News reports that Macklemore did respond to Abbott before jumping on a plane to Straya.

“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,” he told LA radio station Power 106.

“So it’s interesting times in Australia. Imma go harder.”

There is a major precedent for Aussie politics intersecting with sport.

In 2000, Midnight Oil played the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

At the time, Prime Minister John Howard – another angry old white man – refused to say “sorry” to the Indigenous people of Australia.

Midnight Oil responded by coming out with word “sorry” emblazoned on their outfits and rocked out “Beds are Burning”, their hit song about aboriginal rights.

It was a loud, massive, public “F you” and I sincerely hope Macklemore does the same thing with Tony.

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