Australian radio stations censored Macklemore’s gay anthem Same Love
Two Australian radio stations abruptly cut a live feed of a Macklemore performance at a sports event when he began to sing gay anthem Same Love.
The anti-gay lobby in the country had been furious last week after it was announced that the rapper would be performing at the NRL grand final.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a hardline opponent of LGBT equality, led calls for the performance to be cancelled, claiming that Macklemore’s track ‘Same Love’ would be perceived as supporting same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile, senior cabinet minister Peter Dutton called for a song opposing same-sex marriage to be played as well for ‘balance’.
Despite the protests Macklemore’s performance went ahead as planned on Sunday night – but two radio stations carrying coverage of the final abruptly cut their feeds.
The two twin stations, Melbourne’s 3AW and Sydney’s 2GB, were both airing the event live but cut away from the performance of Same Love.
In its place they played a parody of the song recorded by right-wing radio host Ray Hadley.
Cutting the feed, a 2GB host explained: “The next song will be Same Love so we will be going to our version put together by the Robertson Brothers with Ray and also one of his daughters.
“We are not hearing from Macklemore. Here we go with our Same Love version performed by Ray and his daughter.”
The parody version set ‘funny’ lyrics packed with rugby references to Macklemore’s track, removing all mention of equality.
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