Brandis slaps down Abbott over NRL song

US music artist Macklemore caught in NRL Grand Final same-sex marriage storm

USA music artist Macklemore has been accused of politicising the NRL Grand final by performing one of his biggest hits during his much publicised halftime set.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg told radio 2GB that Macklemore will perform four songs, including Same Love.

"I thought Mr Abbott believed in freedom of speech", he said.

A petition emerged online this week, headed by former player Tony Wall, to stop the singer from performing the song and instead "take a neutral position on the question of same-sex marriage".

The hit reached no 1 in Australia in 2012 and was part of the year's 14 biggest selling pop songs in the country.

"Footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicised grand final".

Spokesman David Goodwin said the grand final was "not a PC lecture theatre" and it was "bizarre that the NRL would choose to use its half-time entertainment to push a message which it knows millions of Australians disagree with".

The rapper said the petition, rather than deterring him from playing the song, has motivated him to give the performance his all.

Spokesman David Goodwin said it was "pretty weird that the NRL would choose to use its halftime entertainment to push a message which it knows millions of Australians disagree with".

"I'm actually going out to Australia to perform at, kind of, the Superbowl of their Rugby League", he said.

"It's interesting because I am playing Same Love, and they are going through, right now, trying to legalise same sex marriage".

"It's one of his most popular songs, and for Mr Abbott or anyone else to say that it should be banned I think is a freaky thing to say".

This prompted one of the hosts to chip in that he should go harder.

Macklemore told U.S. media he'd been receiving lots of tweets from "angry old white men" about the issue.

Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson said the NRL had erred in its selection of the Seattle performer.

"I think people have had up to here with the same-sex marriage issue".

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