There’s was a mixed response from Australians after US rapper Macklemore announced on Saturday he would be donating Australian earnings of his song ‘Same Love’ to Yes campaigners.
Many took to social media to express their support for the musician’s decision, but others accused the stunt of being self-promotional and politically driven.
Some praised the Thrift Shop singer for ‘standing up’ for the LGBTQ community, and while several echoed similar thoughts- many also expressed reservations over another potential ‘unsolicited’ text message being sent.
Twitter users were quick to praise the Thrift Shop singer for ‘standing up’ for the Australian LGBTQ community
An on-the-fence voter responded to the announcement saying, ‘Wow so does that mean we will get another unsolicited sms blast from the YES campaigners now???.’
Another implied they had similar concerns, tweeting: ‘Hopefully the money is used on them and not on advertising for SSM, I think it will be better used that way and will actually help someone.’
The singer was slammed by those skeptical of his motives, with one Twitter user even saying he should be banned from entering Australia.
Macklemore (pictured) will be entertaining huge crowds at the NRL grand final on Sunday but his ARIA chart topping hit ‘Same Love’ has already caused controversy
Some voters said they were skeptical of how the money would be spent by the YES campaign
‘Macklemore is unhinged and shouldn’t have been allowed in the country. He is anti-semetic and believes Bush was behind (the) 9/11 attacks,’ they wrote.
One was quick to poke fun at potential backlash from a certain social group.
‘Now watch the ‘old white dudes’ get pissed. nicely played @Macklemore,’ they wrote.
Many hailed the rapper a ‘legend’, encouraged him to relocate to Australia and others said they’d be tuning in to the NRL grand final especially to watch his halftime performance.
‘I don’t care about NRL and I’m only watching tomorrow for Macklemore but can the Cowboys PLEASE win, a Melbourne weekend will be unbearable.’
Another added: ‘I’m not really an NRL follower, but I’ll be watching this year to sing along with Macklemore doing Same Love at halftime. Go Storm LOLOL.’
The American singer and songwriter flew into Sydney on Saturday ahead of the NRL grand final he will be headlining on Sunday.
One Twitter user suggested the singer should have been banned from entering Australia
Several responded to the announcement by thanking Macklemore for showing his support for same sex marriage in Australia
He announced his plan to donate proceeds from Same Love during preparations at Sydney’s ANZ stadium.
‘That is what music has the power to do. It’s not to divide people but create an environment where people can start a debate and have a conversation, bring a message to the forefront,’ he told Nine News.
‘I haven’t figured it out yet but I was saying in the car ride over that I want to donate my portion of the proceeds that I get off that record ‘Same Love’, here in Australia, to voting Yes.
‘So I need to figure out what that looks like and how to do that but that is something that I’m going to do.’
The 34-year-old’s arrival has been steeped in controversy ahead of his debut at the NRL premiership, with many fans saying sport should not be steeped in politics.
The popular American rapper’s song choice outraged the ‘No’ same-sex marriage campaign within Australia earlier this week.
People are calling for Macklemore to dump his hit song about marriage equality during the Melbourne (right) versus North Queensland (left) grand final
Thousands of footy fans, including former prime minister Tony Abbott, backed a Change.org petition demanding Macklemore omit the song about marriage equality during the Melbourne versus North Queensland grand final.
Macklemore hit back at critics during a radio interview with The Cruz Show.
‘It’s interesting actually cause I’m gonna play Same Love and they’re going through trying to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.
Macklemore (pictured) arrived in Sydney this morning ahead of his NRL grand final debut
‘So I’m getting a lot of tweets from angry old white dudes in Australia. Today I think there is a petition to ban me from playing,’ he said.
When pushed by the radio host, Macklemore said he intended to ‘go harder’ in his response to the criticism.
Mr Abbott took to Twitter on Wednesday to object to the controversy.
The Cowboys were also reportedly furious over denied access to ANZ Stadium ahead of the NRL grand final against Melbourne due to a clash with the rapper’s (pictured) sound check
‘Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport,’ he said.
The song, which debuted in 2012, talks about the issues surrounding gay and lesbian rights which the music video highlights with a same-sex wedding.
The chart topping hit was written during the campaign for Washington Referendum 74, which later legalised same-sex marriage.