Macklemore gay anthem Same Love tops Australian charts after homophobic censorship demands

One group of North Queensland fans have shown up donning Bob Katter masks the state's beloved MP from near Mount Isa heartland Cowboys territory

One group of North Queensland fans have shown up donning Bob Katter masks the state's beloved MP from near Mount Isa heartland Cowboys territory

However, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has again defended the NRL's decision to have U.S. rapper Macklemore perform his pro-same-sex-marriage anthem "Same Love" at Sunday's grand final.

But the American performer has hit back, promising a significant funding boost for the country's "YES" campaign.

"Sport is sport!" Abbott, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, wrote in tweeting the petition from retired NRL player Tony Wall.

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

"I don't think trying to censor the playlist at halftime entertainment, is certainly not my role and I look forward to it".

THANKS to Tony Abbott, the NRL grand final will have an enormous worldwide audience.

"I was saying on the auto ride over here, I haven't figured it out yet, but I was saying in the vehicle ride over that I want to donate my portion of the proceeds of Same Love that I get off of that record here in Australia, to voting yes", he told Channel 9.

Thousands have travelled interstate to cheer on their respective teams in what is just the third finale not to feature a Sydney-based team
Thousands have travelled interstate to cheer on their respective teams in what is just the third finale not to feature a Sydney-based team

The performance comes amidst the same-sex marriage postal survey, and vigorous campaigning from both sides of the debate in Australia. "I'mma go harder!"

The NRL has endorsed a "yes" vote through its CEO Todd Greenburg, a spokesman confirmed to CNN, but he said Macklemore was only chosen because he's "currently one of the top performing artists in the world".

Even Abbott's own daughter Frances, a vocal same-sex marriage supporter, came out in support of the rapper, saying on her Instagram "this is what we need right now".

The petition demands that the NRL "reconsider its political position and remove LBGTIQ politics out of the awesome sport of Rugby League".

"Don't use our dime and don't use our time to try and convince us of a political argument that you're putting", he said. Also, the fact the song was a no 1 hit in Australia seemed to also make his eyes glaze over.

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

Since the controversy erupted, "Same Love" - which was released in 2013 - has moved to number one spot on the iTunes chart and its music video sits in the number two spot as of Friday at 8.55am AEST.

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