September 28, 2017 19:26:42
Video: Bob Katter says having Macklemore carry out Same Love at the NRL grand final is “an offence” to rugby league fanatics.
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North Queensland MP Bob Katter has accused the NRL of insulting and offending fanatics by way of opting for American artist Macklemore — a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage — as its half-time act.
Mr Katter echoed former top minister Tony Abbott, who subsidized calls to prevent Macklemore appearing his hit track, Same Love.
Mr Katter, a league enthusiast, is heading to the grand final this weekend to enhance his workforce, the North Queensland Cowboys, however says he’s outraged and that NRL fanatics may not be at liberty.
“If they [the NRL] take the most sacred day of the year, outside of Christmas, and use it to promote their sexual proclivities, that is an insult and an offence to every single follower of rugby league in this country,” he informed 7.30.
One of the songs that shall be performed in Macklemore’s half-time act is Same Love, which advocates LGBTI rights, together with same-sex marriage.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg as of late subsidized his determination to convey the rap artist to Sydney.
“I don’t regret choosing Macklemore,” he mentioned.
“I think it’s one of the bravest decisions we’ve made for pre-match entertainment, but people will be the judge of that after the show on Sunday.”
Bob Katter says Greenberg’s transfer has “besmirched” the sport.
“I mean, this CEO bloke who made this decision, mate, it’s tantamount to seeping sewage into the debutante ball.”
And Mr Katter says he does no longer wish to see Macklemore take the sector at 1/2 time.
“They said of the Americans during the war that there were three problems with them: over-sexed, over-paid and over here,” he mentioned.
“Well, this little bloke, Macklemore, or no matter his identify is, is coming over right here. Well mate, cross house, we do not want you right here.
“The people that will be there at this game don’t want you.”
‘This is set saving lives’: NRL nice Ian Roberts
Video: Ian Roberts speaks out on same-sex marriage
Former rugby league nice Ian Roberts was once the primary NRL superstar to come back out as homosexual.
He wrote to Greenberg, asking the game to again the same-sex marriage marketing campaign.
“I love the game, and I just know the impact the sport has on our community, and for the AFL to be on board so full-heartedly and not for the NRL to be on board would be a travesty,” he informed 7.30.
“There was no hesitation which was wonderful.”
Roberts mentioned the same-sex marriage debate was once about equality and psychological well being.
“The whole thing about marriage equality and I don’t say this lightly … it will save lives,” he mentioned.
“There are youngsters in the market within the suburbs who’re in point of fact suffering with this, and it is a terrible factor to mention however it must be mentioned: there are children killing themselves within the suburbs.
“When you get people like George Christensen, Cory Bernardi and Tony Abbott carrying on about what they term as freedom of speech and freedom of religion, I can promise you that all these young kids dealing with their sexuality at the moment, they mightn’t hear much on the news reports but I can promise you they hear it every time those guys speak up.”
Roberts mentioned there was once not anything unsuitable with the NRL or AFL weighing in to the same-sex marriage debate.
“More power to those sporting bodies for taking a stance for inclusion,” he mentioned.
“I fail to spot how that may be observed as a political stance — it is a social factor.
“What the league’s doing this weekend with Macklemore, it’s a wonderful, wonderful experience for anyone who is not used to being included.”
‘Could be the most important second’
Matthew Mitcham says the NRL crowd will love Macklemore singing Same Love. (ABC News: Nic MacBean)
Diver Matthew Mitcham, who was once the primary brazenly homosexual athlete to win an Olympic gold medal, mentioned he was once stunned the NRL and AFL had pop out in enhance of the Yes marketing campaign.
“Sport has always been one of the last bastions of conservative police,” he informed 7.30.
“It’s really great to see that both the NRL and AFL are really committed to inclusion. It’s part of their mission statements it to be inclusive.”
He mentioned the NRL grand final crowd would most definitely “love it” when Macklemore sang Same Love.
“It could be a very powerful moment, I’d like to hope it will be.”
September 28, 2017 18:49:15