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Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ Shoots Up Australian Charts After Call For Gay Censorship

Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ Shoots Up Australian Charts After Call For Gay Censorship

Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Same Love, Australia
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“It’s interesting times in Australia.” 

Some of the best forms of protest are the unexpected and unplanned ones. After Australia's ex-prime minister Tony Abbott called for Macklemore's "Same Love" to be censored, the track soared all the way to the top of the Australian iTunes charts, displaying exactly how many Australians feel about the demand.

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As the country is immersed in an inflammatory campaign for marriage equality, harsh lines are being drawn by both sides of the debate. Macklemore, who will be performing at the country's National Ruby League Grand Final, was a victim of one of the latest stunts pulled by the country's conservative members, with Abbott calling for a ban on the song ahead of the event.

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More still, instead of disallowing Macklemore from performing the song, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton suggested that an anti-gay marriage song be played alongside it to "balance" the event. Sorry, but equality isn't balanced out by hatred, as listeners have demonstrated, resurrecting the 2012 hit.

"I'm getting a lot of tweets from angry, old white dudes in Australia. I think there's a petition to ban me from playing it ["Same Love"]," Macklemore told U.S. radio station POWER 106 yesterday. "It's interesting times in Australia... I'mma go harder." Relive the message of "Same Love," below.

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