‘Equality for all’: Macklemore issues emotional plea during NRL grand final

US rapper performs Same Love after a week of controversy in Australia due to his support for marriage equality

The US rapper, Macklemore, issued a call for equality after an emotional performance of his hit single, Same Love, in a much-hyped pre-game show at the NRL grand final.

The performance at ANZ Stadium in Sydney follows a bizarre week in which the hip-hop artist became the focus of national attention due to his decision to play the song as part of his setlist in the midst of the campaign surrounding Australias non-binding, voluntary postal survey on marriage equality.

Macklemore has previously described Same Love as 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.

While he did not reference the marriage equality campaign directly, the rapper did slightly alter the lyrics in the third verse of Same Love to call for the country to be united by law, and closed out the performance with a call for equality for all.

Same Love was performed with Mary Lambert, who describes herself as hella gay, and who has also vocalised her support for the yes campaign in Australia over the past week.

Mary Lambert (@marylambertsing)

Just landed in Sydney and feeling super gay! The gayest! Gay gay gay gay also ps Same Love is number 1 in Australia today

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/01/equality-for-all-macklemore-issues-emotional-plea-during-nrl-grand-final

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