Turn­bull says Yes to gay an­them

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

MAL­COLM Turn­bull is look­ing for­ward to see­ing a US rap­per sing a gay an­them at the NRL grand fi­nal, but he ac­cepts Tony Ab­bott is al­lowed to dis­agree.

The prime min­is­ter was again speak­ing out in sup­port of Mack­le­more and the de­ci­sion to en­list him to per­form to­mor­row.

“Both codes (NRL and AFL) have been cham­pi­ons of in­clu­sive­ness,” he told the Nine Net­work yes­ter­day.

“It’s a ques­tion of re­spect­ing the artist.” Mr Turn­bull said

Same Love is one of the singer’s top songs and the NRL backs same-sex mar­riage.

“What’s the prob­lem,” he said. “I look for­ward to it.”

Be­fore fly­ing to Aus­tralia, Mack­le­more said he had been re­ceiv­ing “a lot of tweets from an­gry old white men”.

Asked if Mr Ab­bott, who’s spo­ken about the politi­cis­ing of sport, is one of those an­gry white men, Mr Turn­bull said: “he’s cer­tainly a white dude and I guess it de­pends on his mood at the time.”

The prime min­is­ter also re­minded peo­ple in 1991 the Vil­lage Peo­ple per­formed YMCA to the crowd.

Mr Ab­bott’s lat­est in­ter­ven­tion into the same-sex mar­riage debate was echoed by North Queens­land MP Bob Kat­ter on Thurs­day, who ac­cused the NRL of us­ing the de­cider to “pro­mote their sex­ual pro­cliv­i­ties”.

“That is an in­sult and an of­fence to every sin­gle fol­lower of rugby league in this coun­try,” he told ABC’s 7.30 pro­gram on Thurs­day night.

“I mean, this CEO bloke who made this de­ci­sion, mate, it’s tan­ta­mount to seeping sewage into the debutante ball.”

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ge­orge Bran­dis la­belled Mr Ab­bott’s stance “bizarre”, while Mack­le­more him­self said he was go­ing to “go harder” amid the furore.

NRL CEO Todd Green­berg said he did not re­gret choos­ing the rap­per, la­belling it one of the bravest de­ci­sions the league has made for pre-match en­ter­tain­ment.

The US rap­per’s de­par­ture from Amer­ica was de­layed, push­ing back his ar­rival for the week­end’s grand fi­nal en­ter­tain­ment.

A me­dia con­fer­ence planned for yes­ter­day af­ter­noon in Syd­ney had to be can­celled.

SUP­PORT: Mack­le­more

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