NRL’s stance on marriage not inclusive
I AM an all-inclusive kind of bloke. I love and respect people from all races and creeds, regardless of sexual orientation, political persuasion or which way they have voted or intend to vote in the same-sex marriage survey.
This brings me to the NRL, which also claims to be all-inclusive. How can it claim to be all-inclusive if it shows no respect for up to 50 per cent of the sport’s followers by actively supporting one side of a political argument?
The NRL’s decision to hire an entertainer to promote the “Yes” campaign in the samesex marriage postal survey during the game’s grand final ( C-M, Sep 29) is an act of hypocrisy which can only serve to inflame the debate.
The decision to use our game’s showcase event of the year to push a political agenda is shameful and should be overturned. Let’s get on with the game. Go Cowboys! FOR those who can’t understand other people’s objection to Macklemore headlining the pre-game entertainment at the NRL grand final, surely they miss the most important point.
For example, if his signature song was heavily in favour of retaining the “status quo” in relation to marriage equality, his appearance would still be open to reasonable criticism.
Let’s look at the situation dispassionately. In recent times, the NRL has promoted worthy causes such as better support for people dealing with mental health issues and greater awareness of domestic violence. Surely there are songs that include those themes in their lyrics.
Why not also promote these “noble causes” on what is, after all, rugby league’s biggest stage?
Who within the NRL became the “moral guardian” as to which issue would be promoted over another? As a stakeholder in our great game – which is simply administered by the NRL – I certainly wasn’t consulted.
So, in future, can the NRL, AFL, even the people who organise the under-8s marble championship, simply get on with their “core business”? THE NRL decision to use an overseas rap singer to push for a “Yes” vote on same-sex marriage, as part of the grand final, is a disgrace.
It will ensure most people will not watch it or will leave the TV on mute.
Shame on CEO Todd Greenberg and the NRL. THE AFL rightly has been forced to remove the “Yes” sign from the front of their headquarters.
All other sporting groups, businesses and the like must follow with the removal or retraction of support for samesex marriage.
As same-sex marriage is a personal issue, sporting groups, businesses and the like cannot be representative of all persons engaged with such outfits.
Even politicians should not be telling us how they will vote or be suggesting which way people should vote on this issue.
This farcical dilemma could have been avoided by the Government asking the public to wait until the next federal election and adding the plebiscite question to that ballot, thereby saving $122 million. I FIND it quite presumptuous on the part of executive committees attaching their own personal views to their organisations – whether corporations or sporting bodies – without first seeking the approval of their shareholders or rank-and-file members in relation to the same-sex marriage debate.
Organisations have no moral conscience in such matters and are driven purely by what is perceived to be best for their bottom line. BASED on the logic of Tony Abbott and the Coalition for Marriage, John Williamson would have been banned from singing Rip Rip Woodchip at the 1989 rugby league grand final.
Abbott and his mates are a bit behind the game.