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Macklemore Cancels Aus Press Conference Ahead Of NRL Grand Final

30 September 2017

With a music style in stark contrast to the rock and roll rugby league fans are used to, not to mention a song that directly advocates for same-sex marriage, some NRL fans are less than impressed with Macklemore's looming performance.

Macklemore tweeted on Friday claiming, "Love is winning".

"Sport is sport!" Abbott, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, wrote in tweeting the petition from retired NRL player Tony Wall.

The track, which was written with Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert, hit number one on iTunes in Australia this week after former prime minister Tony Abbott argued "footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicised grand final".

"I think we need more love songs, not less", he said.

"I want to donate my portion of the proceeds from Same Love that I get off of that record here in Australia to voting yes", he told Nine.

His remarks add to the ongoing war of words between the "yes" and "no" camps ahead of a national survey on whether Australia should legalise same-sex marriage.

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"I think sporting events and work places are totally the wrong places for these political messages, people go to the AFL and NRL finals to see a game of football: they don't want to be sold political messages".

The petition demands that the NRL "reconsider its political position and remove LBGTIQ politics out of the awesome sport of Rugby League".

'Pink, who's one of my favourite artists, I think she's a wonderfully talented singer released a song condeming George Bush and I didn't much like that at the time, but I didn't think it should be banned from radio, ' he said. Also, the fact the song was a no 1 hit in Australia seemed to also make his eyes glaze over.

'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.

Equality campaign co-leader Alex Greenwich said the financial support came at the critical halfway point in the debate.

Macklemore's gay anthem Same Love has topped the Australian iTunes charts, after the country ex-PM Tony Abbott called for the song to be censored.

Before heading to Australia, Macklemore told a U.S. radio station he was 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 (Same Love)".

Macklemore Cancels Aus Press Conference Ahead Of NRL Grand Final