Former Australian PM Says Macklemore Shouldn't Perform Gay Anthem At Rugby Final

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With a music style in stark contrast to the rock and roll rugby league fans are used to, not to mention a song that directly advocates for same-sex marriage, some NRL fans are less than impressed with Macklemore's looming performance.

Macklemore hit back at Tony Abbott yesteray.

A small number of conservative Australian politicians have picked a fight with Grammy award-winning artist Macklemore over his upcoming performance at a rugby league Grand Final.

Following a presentation at the Policy Exchange think tank in London overnight, Mr Dutton said two songs should be played at the NRL Grand Final, if United States rapper Macklemore is allowed to perform his pro-marriage equality song.

On Wednesday, Abbott tweeted a petition from retired NRL player Tony Wall saying, "footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicized grand final".

"I think it's very, very noteworthy that for all of the talk by the 'no" case in this same sex marriage postal survey about freedom of speech the first occasion a prominent figure has called for something to be banned for freedom of speech is from the 'no case, ' he told Sky News.

Macklemore rehearsing ahead of Sunday's NRL Grand Final.

He said: "I'm getting a lot of tweets from angry, old white dudes in Australia..."

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Thanks to the controversy, "Same Love" has reached the top of the iTunes chart and the top of the iTunes video chart.

"I think sporting events and work places are totally the wrong places for these political messages, people go to the AFL and NRL finals to see a game of football: they don't want to be sold political messages".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended the NRL for the halftime act choice and also stood by Macklemore and his right to perform his playlist.

"Put Johnny Farhnam up there, or Daryl Braithwaite. don't bring some whoever up from overseas", she told Channel Seven's Sunrise.

Rapper Macklemore has pledged a donation to the "Yes" campaign for marriage equality.

There's no legal requirement for Australia to hold a national vote, nor is it a common method of legislating issues, but Turnbull chose the survey as a way to resolve the issue, pledging to pass same-sex marriage is the people vote "yes".

Regular opinion polls show the vast majority of Australians support same-sex marriage.

"Same Love" was released in 2012 and by the end of year 2013 chart in Australia it had become the 14th biggest selling song of the year.