BACKFIRED: Macklemore’s 2012 Pro-Gay Anthem Hits #1 On Australian Charts After Slam By Tony Abbott

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Calls from politicians, including a former PM, and others to ban US hip hop artist Macklemore from singing his hit Same Love at the NRL grand final have seemingly backfired, with the song shooting to the top of the Australian iTunes charts.

Despite being first released in 2012 by the Seattle-based rapper and his co-writer Ryan Lewis, the song surged to the top of the list on Thursday night, replacing another Macklemore track Good Old Days from his latest album GEMINI.

The Grammy-nominated song became an anthem for same-sex couples around the world, reaching No.5 in Billboard’s Top 40 in the United States and No.1 in both Australia and New Zealand in 2013.

While Macklemore was announced as the grand final entertainment back in September 1, it was only this week that a former rugby league player Tony Wall called for NRL boss Todd Greenberg to “Take LGBTIQ politics out of the NRL”.

Macklemore’s biggest hit to date is the 2012 followup to Same Love, Thrift Shop, which topped every chart in the world, selling seven million digital downloads in the US alone and garnering over 1.1 billion views on YouTube.

  • boatboy_srq

    This is better than when BBC banned “Relax”.

    • Todd20036

      I have that song. Love it, too

  • Tawreos

    Nice of the hateful assholes to make such a stink about a song that they basically gave free advertising to the other side.

    • zhera

      It’s the one thing the christers are good at/for.

    • Jonathan Smith

      lessons not learned from One Million Mom’s?

    • David L. Caster

      We are blessed with incompetent enemies.

      • fuow

        Yes, we are. Then again, they are blessed with foot-soldiers who vote whilst we are cursed with liberals who will march, protest, agitate, write, speak – anything, anything but vote.

        • David L. Caster

          Well yes there is that. It does seem odd that passionate liberals and progressives more nearly resemble the mythical herd of cats than a unified army of crusaders.

    • WNY

      OMM has helped me discover several good shows when they fire off one of their emails demanding a boycott campaign.

  • Todd20036

    Thanks for getting it, Macklemore.

    • clay

      and thanks, for singing out, Mary Lambert. and thanks, Ryan Lewis, for the music.

  • Ken M

    “Take your hand out of the cookie jar!” Seems they never learn.

  • BeaverTales

    Does anyone remember the last time Christian themed music hit the top of the pop charts? I’m just curious.

    • Tawreos

      No, but then the charts usually focus on good music.

      • David L. Caster

        Charts are based on sales, play, and downloads, not the musical quality of the product in question.

        • Tawreos

          People are more likely to buy, play and download good songs than bad.

        • fuow

          Yes and no – sure, we have the Taylor Swifts, but, all in all, if you look at the top 10 since 1946 in the US, it’s pretty much clear that some skill and talent is required.
          Young people aren’t necessarily immune to quality, otherwise we wouldn’t have had these:

          One can dislike many of these artists (I loathe Prince), but with few exceptions, they’re the real deal as musicians.

          • Robincho

            Prince was living proof that Liberace fucked Jimi Hendrix…

          • David L. Caster

            I think we just have a hold on different parts of the elephant. One would like to think that the charts, at least from a crowdsourcing point of view, reflect a valid judgment of the artistic quality of the music they list. Nevertheless the mechanics of their production appear neutral in that respect.

            Perhaps I might have put my observation more succinctly: there’s no accounting for taste.

      • Gigi

        Mic drop!

    • Lazycrockett

      You Light up My Life by Debbie Boone.

      • Jonathan Smith

        1977? ok then

      • clay

        Even then, their best-sellers use profane love metaphors or are vague enough to be converted to profane love.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        I remember being in an after-hours bar in Chicago–I think it was called The Bistro–between Christmas and New Year’s in 1978 and seeing two guys singing that song to each other. Still a delightful memory.

      • Rex

        She was singing about Jesus, “it can’t be wrong, when it feels so right.”

        • Lazycrockett

          Well its really the only song that I can think of that is and was stated by the artist to be bout jesus. Most artist seem to leave it vague.

          • Butch

            I remember reading an interview where Grace Slick was talking about how much she wanted to sing that song. I couldn’t decided if she was serious – I just can’t picture it.

        • Mike__in_Houston

          I’ve been told that Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately” is also about Jesus or God. Whatever; it’s one of the few nice memories I have of a disastrous relationship back in 1998.

      • Robincho

        Pity she wasn’t addressing an arsonist…

      • jerry
    • zhera

      Take Me To Church?

      • RaygunsGoZap

        The recent song? I’d go to that church but I think it’s not Xtian friendly.

        • zhera

          Yeah, I suspect it’s not really about going to church… πŸ˜€

          • clay

            only if “church” is between her thighs.

      • Gigi

        It was a song about church, but I wouldn’t say it’s “Christian themed music,” which is a very good thing.

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Although, I will say I love Lyle Lovett’s β€œChurch” and I sing along with confidence and gusto

    • Macbill

      “To Know Him Is To Love Him” is considered by some to be about loving the jebuzz. I think it hit the top.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Amy Grant

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Did Amy Grant ever top the charts? I remember Debby Boone did, and that’s really dating me.

        • RaygunsGoZap

          Topped Billboard 100 for 2 weeks with Baby,Baby

        • Lazycrockett

          I think Amy had a minor hit with el shaddai, but I don’t think any of her christian music went up the charts. Amy went Pop.

        • olandp

          I had forgotten Debbie Boone, thanks for reminding me, thanks a lot.

    • misterjack

      Son of a Preacher Man?

    • barrixines

      From A Distance?

      • clay

        sort of satirical, not that they’d notice.

        • barrixines

          I can sort of see that with Bette’s version but in the UK it was a hit for Christian pin-up and (at the time) closet, Cliff Richard, which was pretty low on the satire.

          • clay

            Absent Daddy God can only love you because he’s distant?

    • David Gervais

      Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”, which went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
      Source: Wikipedia

      It seems that some people think it has a religious sentiment.

      • Prost Seattle

        I always sang it as β€˜you are the wind between my cheeks’.

        • Treant

          That’s weird, I sing it as, “I am the dick between your cheeks.”

          • Prost Seattle

            Maybe it was a queaf on my part.

    • Vira

      Shoulda been. Shout out to Helen Terry.

      • fuow

        What talent! I got to hear him DJ about 20 years ago. Wow. Some people just have that certain something. I suspect a few hundred years from now his work will still be playable.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Now that I think πŸ€” about it; everything by Insane Clown Possee and Nicklback?

    • The_Wretched

      Judith by A Perfect Circle?

    • Lazycrockett

      I would add The Cross by Prince, but it was never a single.

    • Lazycrockett

      Also In The Ghetto by Presley. Though thats more gospel than jesusy.

    • olandp

      Norman Greenbaum, Spirit in the Sky. I actually liked that one.

      • David L. Caster

        Me too. But that’s really reaching back.

    • Hue-Man

      Classic. U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1

      • CanuckDon

        Sadly, the Singing Nun (Jeanne-Paule Marie “Jeannine” Deckers) better known as SΕ“ur Sourire committed suicide with her lesbian partner in 1985. The things we learn….

    • Beagle

      There were several in the early ’70s. Ocean’s “Put Your Hand in the Hand,” Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me.” There was even a pop version of “The Lord’s Prayer,” sung by an Australian nun, in ’74 or so.
      Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” from the mid-’90s comes to mind, but I doubt most churches would endorse the idea of “What if God was one of us/Just a slob like one of us.”

  • Ninja0980

    Let’s see that translate into votes.

    • billbear1961

      Well, I don’t think it will have a negative effect.


    • fuow

      Australia has a 97% average turnout as opposed to our paltry 50+x% record here in the US.
      So, it just might!

      • stuckinthewoods

        Yup, Australia instituted compulsory voting after what they considered “low turnout” of nearly 60% in the 1922 election.
        Really, what’s the matter with us when others consider 60% drastically low?

      • bobbleobble

        This isn’t a vote like usual though for Australia. For normal votes turning out is compulsory. However, the government couldn’t get a proper vote through parliament because almost every opposition party is against putting civil rights up to a vote. So they cheated and instead instituted a voluntary postal opinion poll which is non-binding. Polls suggest turn out will be north of 60% but it’s anyone’s guess whether that will be the case.

      • Hank

        When I lived in Belgium, years ago, I learned, that it was MANDATORY to vote in each election. I was surprised, and still wonder why it should not be made into a US Federal law!

    • KnownDonorDad

      Even if it’s a non-binding vote, the hater sadz will be legendary.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • PickyPecker

    OT: Anyone else catch the re-premiere of ‘Will & Grace’ last nite?
    We watched, and made it all the way through the episode despite the horrible laugh-track.
    The cast still has great chemistry together, but the writing….ugh. Might give it one more shot.

    • Natty Enquirer

      It’s an end-stage sitcom. Must have a joke and raucous audience response every 5 seconds. Yuck.

    • ClevelandJim

      I just watched it on, and was completely delighted. That show always had amazing writing, and the chemistry and timing of the cast was, and still is top-notch. The Secret Service agent was a great touch (and cuuuuute).

    • Gustav2

      We will watch it tonight after a few cocitails.

    • Hue-Man

      Someone commented last night that it was aimed at straight audiences. I disagree. To me it was more for NYC gay men – many of the references were unintelligible to almost everyone else (occasionally, including me).

      Despite the annoying laugh-track, I’ll keep watching.

  • billbear1961
  • clay

    Sex, drugs, and rock & roll beats a sermon any day.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Haters are often the best thing that can happen to the Arts. The majority of humanity are loving and caring. Sadly, we’ve created a Government and Corporate infrastructure designed so only the psychopath gets to the top. it’s nice when we see proof of how wrong that is.

  • Gigi

    This is AMAZING!! The “Yes” side really needed something like this. They’ve been trailing behind the “No” haters who’ve been painfully good at spreading their “think about the children” and “the gays have an evil agenda and are coming for christians” slippery slopes.

    • Reality.Bites

      They have not been trailing behind them.

      International news coverage always sucks and sensation leads.

      People doing awful, disgusting things, especially people with an international profile like Margaret Court and the ex-PM, get news coverage overseas.

      It’s not a good idea for people who get their knowledge of a situation from news aggregators half a world away to assume they have the whole story.

      The story is the same as it has been everywhere for the last decade – they lie desperately to people who by now all know lesbian and gay people in their own family. Yeah, there are a lot of insane Christian bigots crawling out of the woodwork and showing themselves to a shocked public. Just like in France, Canada and Ireland. They’re not a majority. They’re a loud, obnoxious fringe.

      There is no need – at all – to worry about their moronic campaign having any effect on public opinion.

      The only issue is whether our side turns out.

      • fuow

        I hope you’re right.
        Gosh, I really do.

      • Gigi

        I’ve been paying close attention to the marriage equality debate in Australia, mostly through local news media outlets and Facebook groups and the “Yes” side has been falling behind. They’re quite concerned, actually. Which is probably a good thing as people tend to become complacent when they thing they’re winning. I hope that the “Yes” side continues to be concerned and that they do everything they can to ensure as many ballots in favor of ME get posted.

        • bobbleobble

          Falling behind is perhaps the wrong way of putting it since none of the polls are yet suggesting that they are losing. They’ve certainly slipped somewhat but it was always going to happen when the liars and the doom mongers on the no campaign got going.

          I don’t think they’re wrong to be concerned, however. The No campaign has a huge amount of money, quite a lot of it coming in from the US no doubt. It also has the backing of a strong coalition of religious groups which are very capable at organising. So concern is good but we’re not at the panic stage yet.

          Of course if no one bothers to actually vote (though some surveys suggest that between a quarter and a third already have and we’re only a couple of weeks into the survey) then the outcome won’t reflect the polls.

          ETA – one thing that does worry me is the previous referendum on Australia becoming a republic. Support for that was actually higher than for SSM when the campaign began but eventually the no side won. Australians by and large are a conservative bunch and change doesn’t come easily. I suspect that’s why the anti-gay goons were so keen on a public vote.

          • Gigi

            There have been several polls that found support for ME falling behind. Others say it’s still strong. Either way, it’d be a big mistake for them to take their eye off the ball now. Hopefully Macklemore will energize them.

          • bobbleobble

            Are you saying that there are polls showing that the no campaign is actually ahead because I haven’t seen any. The lowest I’ve seen support for SSM is 55% and the next poll from that same organisation had it back up at 58%.

            As I say slipping back might be a better way of putting it than falling behind which implies no is winning.

          • Gigi

            I’ve seen polls that say support is falling, I’ve also seen polls that say it’s growing.

            Australian voters’ support for marriage equality falling, poll shows

            “…poll showed 70 per cent of those who intended to take part in the same-sex marriage postal survey will vote in favour of allowing gay couples to wed.”

          • bobbleobble

            It always happens, every time there is a movement towards SSM or even towards better gay rights, the bigots get in gear and terrify everyone and support for gay rights drops. In New Zealand for example polls that heavily favored SSM were tied by the time the matter came up for a vote.

            By the way, I’m not saying I think this is a done deal by any stretch of the imagination. A No vote wouldn’t surprise me in the least. I don’t think the Yes campaign is complacent but there isn’t a central body that can organise things particularly well whereas the religious groups in the No camp have centuries of practice at it.

          • Gigi

            They keep pointing to Canada as “proof” of what “might” happen is SSM is legalized. The thing is, Canada made it legal countrywide more than 12 years ago and they’re doing quite well. Always rated in the Top 3 best countries to live in.

          • bobbleobble

            The UK’s been mentioned too although it’s all very vague as to what the object lesson actually is. And most annoyingly, they’re never actually pushed on it by so called journalists.

          • Gigi

            The U.K. has different libel laws than we do here so street preachers have been charged for spewing hate, but those laws existed before SSM.

  • another_steve

    That’s a lovely piece and video.

    Here’s my favorite marriage equality “anthem”: Matt Alber singing “Ready for Love.”

    (This is the best video I could find. If anyone knows of a better one, please advise.)

  • HoneyBoySmith

    I love it.

  • narutomania

    I wish that I had a heads-up every time the right-wing Douchenozzles and Asshats were going to boycott something, because I would try to buy stock in it.

    Boycott Starbucks! … they’re profits go up.
    Boycott Macklemore! … his song goes to #1.

    Tell you what, idiots. Please come boycott my salary, because I need a raise.

  • billbear1961


    If the song has hit the top of the charts, the haters’ efforts have backfired on them.

    • Scott Carpenter

      I’m sure many of them only downloaded it so they could immediately burn their iPhone in protest of immorality.

  • fuow

    Doesn’t change the fact that civil rights must never be subject to mob rule.

  • JT
    • John30013

      And still the dog goes to try and help him. One of these is the moral creature.

      • Jonathan Smith
        • Reality.Bites

          Or making sure he can’t grab anything on shore.

      • Tawreos

        Dogs are almost better beings than any person.

        • fuow

          You can skip the ‘almost’ and still be right.

          • Tawreos

            Well, there has to be at least one asshole dog out there.

          • fuow

            Hmm, not met one yet. Lot’s of abused dogs who were ruined by their ‘owners’, but it’s not in their nature.
            Natural selection works against mammals who are too aggressive for no reason. Look at all the asswipe guys we went to school with 30 years on – only one of my graduating class is still alive. One. Most died before they could breed.
            Same with tomcats – the ones who are capable of affection let their kittens grow up to breed. The ones who kill their own young (a strong tendency in cats) get selected out of the gene pool.
            Dogs who can’t work with other animals are kicked out of the pact in the wild, lot’s of bitches won’t mate with them (I’m a dog breeder, remember). So, yeah, there are asshole dogs, but not many and Mother Nature is weeding them out pretty much as fast as they spontaneously arise.

          • Tawreos

            I have never met one either, but odds are there has to be one. Mostly the mean ones just need a hug and some attention to be better than I ever will be.

      • fuow

        Definitely not the one on two legs. If anything could make this agnostic believe there was a god of justice in this world, this photo might just do it.

      • Jefe5084
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      • Judas Peckerwood

        Cat ain’t having that.

      • Danieruw

        Good kitty! Have a tuna!

      • Grumpy Old Man

        Thanks, that is ‘Oops5’

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  • Ken M

    Despite what gets done for the show, the NRL has already said that it supports same sex marriage

    • Lars Littlefield

      I detect creatine. Still pretty, though.

    • Prost Seattle

      As long as I wash my face, he has a clean place to sit.

  • Lars Littlefield


  • WNY
    • jerry

      Well, she did have team Satan working in her favor…she’s even wearing the jersey.

  • FAEN

    I remember watching that video for the first time and being very moved.

    The haters may win this battle but they have completely lost the war-and they know it. They’re just trying to delay the inevitable.

  • iambu

    No such thing as bad publicity, ya moron.

  • Do Something Nice

    Here’s a video of the song performed at the 2014 Grammys. Even though it is easy to criticize, it was fantastic. For young people who may have been experiencing turmoil or worse, it was liberating. But like Hollywood and the music industry during the Vietnam war, we need music, cinema and the arts taking a stand and, enlightening and guiding us. We need this now more than ever with the sociopath in the executive office.

    • clay

      I loved the staging and extending Mary Lambert’s voice.

  • barrixines

    I remember reading an opinion piece in the Guardian written by a “queer” woman (read middle class straight white woman who once briefly thought about getting her tit pierced) criticising Macklemore for whitesplaining homophobia in rap music with that song. It was about that time I was beginning to realise that I was travelling down a different road to much of queer/leftwing politics.

    • UrsusArctos

      There’s all kinds of paths to get there. Mine is from being taught by UMWA/Pentecostal/Birmingham civil rights activist grandparents that people that won’t stand up for themselves get exploited and that Jeebus is about love not rules. You’d never think on the surface that combination would be so far left it would peg the needle.

  • Ken M

    Most amusing is that despite all the hype, the show is still a go. It appears to be on Sunday. Those in opposition are claiming that such a political statement shouldn’t be “forced upon” those who feel differently. Forced? Seriously, not again.

    • Hue-Man

      The 2017 AFL Grand Final will be played at the MCG [Melbourne Cricket Ground] at 2:30pm on Saturday September 30.
      9:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time tonight (Friday).

    • barrixines

      They said there should be a anti marriage equality song played as well to correct the balance. I say get out your tambourines Christers and bring it.

      • billbear1961

        Jesus–a HATE song: “We’re better than you! Know your place!”

        Something for Abbott’s “enthusiastic” young people FASCISTS to enjoy as they cheerfully campaign to deny others the RIGHT to equality.

        These moral bankrupts should be treated PRECISELY as they treat others.

      • Reality.Bites

        Sure, just as soon as someone writes one that becomes a monster international hit for a major recording artist.

      • bobbleobble
    • Reality.Bites

      All the hype is from people no one gives a shit about. Turnbull’s own party hates him.

      It’s literally like watching Mr. Catholic League and Mr. Million Moms demand a show be immediately removed from the airwaves. Never was any chance of it being cancelled.

  • Silver Badger


  • Reality.Bites

    OT: Season premiere of Will and Grace had more than twice as many viewers as any show on NBC last night. It beat all programming for the night on all networks by a comfortable margin, with the exception of the football game.

    W&G had a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.04 million voters.
    Football had 3.2 and 10.7

    The third place show for the night (apart from football pregame) was the two-hour season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, which had 2.3 and 7.95 million.

    In comparison, the season premiere of Modern Family, traditionally the second most popular sitcom, got 2.1 and 7.01 on Wednesday. Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon got 4.1 & 3.8 and 17.21 & 17.65 on Monday.

    • Paul

      But but everyone is boycotting the NFL !!!!

      • Reality.Bites

        Obviously, Paul. That’s the only reason anyone watched W&G – out of Christian solidarity. πŸ˜‰

        • mdub in Puyallup

          Your comment made me LOL!

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      And it was funny as shit! Terrific writing and you could see the love those actors have for their characters!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Gigi

      Wow, this brings me back. Thanks for sharing!

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        You’re welcome!.

    • worstcultever

      Love love LOVE this song and vid

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Me too!!

  • JWC

    Just Excellent There is so much truth in the lyrics not only for gays but all minorities or oppressed

  • TheManicMechanic

    Popularity is often driven by attempt to ban stuff in the first place. It’s human nature.

  • Love these enlightened groups.

  • Nic Peterson

    Heck of a job, Tony!

  • Puck

    So these idiots are getting all knotted up about something that may not be played. He has all kinds songs he could sing. Besides he is straight and there will not be a couple of guys getting it in on stage while he sings! Just his hot self!!!!

  • bandanajack

    they never learn…