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Tony Abbott calls Macklemore to drop ‘gay anthem’ from NRL

Macklemore will be entertaining huge crowds at the NRL grand final on Sunday but his ARIA chart-topping hit ‘Same Love’ has already caused some controversy. 

The popular American rapper’s song choice has outraged the ‘No’ to gay marriage campaign, with critics saying politics should be separate from sport.

Thousands of footy fans, including former prime minister Tony Abbott, have backed the decision for Macklemore to dump his hit song about marriage equality during the Melbourne versus North Queensland grand final.

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 some controversy

People are calling for Macklemore to dump his hit song about marriage equality during the Melbourne (right) versus North Queensland (left) grand final

Former prime minister Tony Abbott (centre) has backed the decision for Macklemore to dump his hit song, saying politics and sport shouldn't mix

Former prime minister Tony Abbott (centre) has backed the decision for Macklemore to dump his hit song, saying politics and sport shouldn’t mix

‘Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport,’ Mr Abbott wrote on Twitter. 

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.  

Former NRL player Tony Wall started a petition demanding the ‘LGBTIQ anthem’ shouldn’t be played because it was a ‘bold political stance’. 

‘It will be very difficult to watch the NRL grand final with my wife and five young children as the event will be heavily politicised with a LGBTIQ anthem taking centre stage,’ Mr Wall wrote on change.org.   

More than 2700 people have signed their support for the petition in less than 24 hours.   

Coalition for Marriage spokesman David Goodwin told The Courier Mail it was ‘pretty bizarre’ for the NRL to ‘use its halftime entertainment to push a message which it knows millions of Australians disagree with’. 

Despite the backlash for ‘Same Love’, hundreds of people posted on social media, saying if they did’t like Macklemore’s performance then ‘don’t watch it’.  

'Footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport,' Mr Abbott wrote on Twitter.

‘Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport,’ Mr Abbott wrote on Twitter.

Former NRL player Tony Wall started a petition demanding the 'LGBTIQ anthem' shouldn't be played because it was a 'bold political stance' which has gained thousands of signatures

Former NRL player Tony Wall started a petition demanding the ‘LGBTIQ anthem’ shouldn’t be played because it was a ‘bold political stance’ which has gained thousands of signatures

Coalition for Marriage spokesman David Goodwin said it was 'pretty bizarre' for the NRL to 'push a message' during half time entertainment ('Same Love' music video pictured)

Coalition for Marriage spokesman David Goodwin said it was ‘pretty bizarre’ for the NRL to ‘push a message’ during half time entertainment (‘Same Love’ music video pictured)

People reacted online, supporting Macklemore's ARIA chart song, saying it was number one for a reason ('Same Love' music video pictured)

People reacted online, supporting Macklemore’s ARIA chart song, saying it was number one for a reason (‘Same Love’ music video pictured)

'Also, this song is Macklemore's biggest hit - I wonder why that is??,' one person wrote online

‘Also, this song is Macklemore’s biggest hit – I wonder why that is??,’ one person wrote online

‘Also, this song is Macklemore’s biggest hit – I wonder why that is??,’ one person wrote online. 

‘The NRL boys can do their thing, have a lil (sic) rest while Macklemore does his and then get back to it. Why is this country filled with uptight noobs,’ another wrote.  

‘This whole Macklemore NRL controversy is bollocks. It’s one of his most successful songs in Australia,’ one other person said. 

Singer Mary Lambert said she was 'so excited'  to be performing the meaningful song during the NRL grand final on Sunday

Singer Mary Lambert said she was ‘so excited’  to be performing the meaningful song during the NRL grand final on Sunday

The singer (pictured) said she was proud to be singing the 'Same Love' during Australia's same-sex marriage debate

The singer (pictured) said she was proud to be singing the ‘Same Love’ during Australia’s same-sex marriage debate

Singer Mary Lambert, who shares vocals on the track, said she is ‘so excited’ to be performing at the grand final, which she dubbed ‘the Australian Super Bowl’, alongside the rapper.

The singer said she was proud to be singing the ‘Same Love’ during Australia’s same-sex marriage debate, according to Confidential.   

Meanwhile, the Cowboys were reportedly furious that they had been denied access to ANZ Stadium ahead of the NRL grand final against Melbourne due to a clash with the American rapper’s sound check.

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

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

Runaway favourites the Storm will get to train at the grand final venue on Saturday after booking a 10.30am session.

However, the Cowboys won’t get a chance to hold their captain’s run at ANZ Stadium because Macklemore will be have his rehearsal straight after the Storm on match eve. 

The Cowboys were reportedly so angry over the clash that they initially threatened to brush Wednesday night’s Dally M Medal ceremony.

It is believed North Queensland will have to travel to Kogarah Oval to train on Saturday.

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