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Troye Sivan Trolls Anti-Gay Bigot By Playing Venue Named After Her

Troye Sivan Trolls Anti-Gay Bigot By Playing Venue Named After Her

Margaret Court just got served. 

On Wednesday, Troye Sivan brought the “gay agenda” to Margaret Court Arena, a Melbourne venue named in honor of the famously anti-LGBTQ+ former tennis star. Court, a contemporary of queer tennis legend Billie Jean King, has claimed that the sport is “full of lesbians,” said being gay is a “personal choice,” compared gay people to Nazis, and remarked that same-sex attractions are Satan’s bidding.

Since leaving tennis, Court has become a Christian pastor and right-wing activist, a leading voice in opposing marriage equality during Australia’s 2017 plebiscite. Sixty-one percent of the country ultimately voted in favor of same-sex unions. 

The South African-born pop star didn’t directly callout the arena’s namesake during the Sept. 25 concert but still managed to get a little jab in. When a fan screamed out “I will turn gay for you!” from the audience, Sivan responded: “I don't think that's how that works! But I'm still down, I appreciate it.”

“God, this is literally the gay agenda!” he said with a chuckle. 

Referencing the fact that Court would probably not be pleased about the exchange occurring in a building with her name on it, the queer musician added: “I believe that someone in this court is not straight.”

It could have been a happy accident, but U.K.’s Daily Mail noted that Sivan put a “deliberate emphasis on the word ‘court.’” 

The “Bloom” singer is currently touring the Land Down Under and played a gig earlier this week in Perth, the Western Australia town to which he moved at a young age. He remarked that the city is “100 percent home to [him]." 

“I'm so happy to be here right now, you have no idea,” Sivan said. “I had no idea what to expect tonight and I'm so stoked it's this.”

Court has not commented on the Sivan concert. In recent years, critics of her homophobic remarks have called for her name to be removed from the Melbourne venue, which has also hosted the Australian Open. After opening in 1988 as Show Court One, the space was renamed in Court’s honor in 2003.

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