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Love Wins As Macklemore Sings 'Same Love' At NRL Grand Final & Calls For Equality For All

October 1, 2017

 
US rapper Macklemore ends a week of same-sex marriage postal survey controversy by singing ‘Same Love’ at the NRL final and calling for ‘equality for all.'

 

The controversy started last week when the Coalition For Marriage supported a petition by former NRL player Tony Wall to ban Macklemore, real name Ben Haggerty, from performing his same-sex marriage anthem ‘Same Love’ at Sunday night’s NRL grand final.

 

Macklemore wrote ‘Same Love’ in 2012 after reading about a gay 13 or 14 year old boy who was bullied and later killed himself. Macklemore was so moved that he felt compelled to tell the teenager’s story.

 

The song became the anthem for the fight for equality in the US and at the Grammy Awards in 2014 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed the song while Queen Latifah officiated the weddings of more than 30 gay and straight couples live on air.

 

In a 2012 video for the American Civil Liberties Union, Macklemore said Same Love is a song that “deals with equal rights, human rights” for LGBTI people. “This is an issue that I feel strongly about, that I feel passionate about. These people are human beings that should have the exact same rights as everybody else,” he said. “I wrote is as honestly and as direct and personal as I possibly could."

 

The song is so powerful and was so effective in the USA that Tony Abbott tweeted his support for the petition to ban it from the NRL, saying “Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport!”

 

On Thursday the Prime Minister waded into the controversy, reprimanding Abbott for wanting to censor free speech, saying “It’s a question of respecting the artist. It’s one of his top songs, it’s one of his hits. People expect him to play it. He wants to play it.”

 

“The NRL supports same-sex marriage. What’s the problem? Honestly I don’t think trying to censor the playlist at half time entertainment, it’s certainly not my role. I look forward to it.”

 

On Thursday Macklemore responded to the criticism during an interview on an LA radio station, saying “So I’m getting a lot of tweets from angry old white dudes in Australia. Today I think there is a petition to ban me from playing."

 

“I’m gonna go harder."

 

 

The controversy sent Same Love to number 1 on the ITunes charts and on Friday Macklemore told Channel 9 he plans to donate the Australian proceeds of the song to the Yes campaign.

 

 

 

 

15 minutes into his set at ANZ stadium in Sydney on Sunday night, Macklemore launched into 'Same Love' with out and proud lesbian singer/songwriter Mary Lambert. The crowd cheered and rainbow coloured smoke billowed from the stage. Macklemore ended the song with the words ‘equality for all.’

 

Social media blew up with support for Macklemore and gratitude from LGBTI people and after weeks of exhausting hate and 'debate', today it feels like love really did win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

SAME LOVE LYRICS - sing it loud and proud!

 

When I was in the 3rd grade I thought that I was gay ‘cause I could draw,

My uncle was and I kept my room straight

I told my mom, tears rushing down my face, she’s like,

“Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-K”

Trippin’, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?

A bunch of stereotypes all in my head

I remember doing the math like “Yeah, I’m good at little league”

A preconceived idea of what it all meant

For those who like the same sex had the characteristics

The right-wing conservatives think it's a decision

And you can be cured with some treatment and religion

Man-made, rewiring of a predisposition. Playing God

Ahh nah, here we go

America the brave

Still fears what we don’t know And God loves all his children it’s somehow forgotten

But we paraphrase a book written 3, 500 hundred years ago

I don’t know

And I can’t change

Even if I tried

Even if I wanted to

And I can’t change

Even if I tried

Even if I wanted to

My love, my love, my love

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

If I was gay I would think hip-hop hates me

Have you read the Youtube comments lately

“Man that’s gay” Gets dropped on the daily

We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’

Our culture founded from oppression

Yeah, we don’t have acceptance for ‘em

Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board

A word routed in hate, yet our genre still ignores it

Gay is synonymous with the lesser

It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion

Gender to skin colour the complexion of your pigment

The same fight that lead people to walkouts and sit-ins,

It’s human rights for everybody

There is no difference

Live on! And be yourself!

When I was in church, they taught me something else

If you preach hate at the service Those words aren’t anointed

And that Holy Water, that you soak in is then poisoned

When everyone else Is more comfortable remaining voiceless

Rather than fighting for humans, that have had their rights stolen

I might not be the same But that’s not important

No freedom ‘til we’re equal

Damn right I support it

I don’t know

And I can’t change

Even if I tried

Even if I wanted to

My love, my love, my love

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

We press play Don’t press pause

Progress, march on!

With a veil over our eyes

We turn our back on the cause

‘Till the day That my uncles can be united by law

Their kids are walkin’ around the hallway

Plagued by pain in their heart

A world so hateful, some would rather die than be who they are

And a certificate on paper

Isn’t gonna solve it all, but it’s a damn good place to start

No law’s gonna change us

We have to change us. Whatever God you believe in

We come from the same one

Strip away the fear

Underneath it’s all the same love

About time that we raised up

And I can’t change

Even if I tried

Even if I wanted to

And I can’t change

Even if I tried

Even if I wanted to

My love, my love, my love

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

Love is patient, love is kind

Love is patient

Love is kind (Not crying on Sundays)

Love is patient, (Not crying on Sundays) love is kind (I’m not crying on Sundays)

Love is patient, (Not crying on Sundays) love is kind (I’m not crying on Sundays)

Love is patient, (Not crying on Sundays) love is kind (I’m not crying on Sundays)

Love is patient, love is kind

 

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