Fans furious over timing of No campaign ad during grand final.
— Michael Carayannis (@MCarayannis) October 1, 2017
Despite the controversial lead-up to Macklemore’s performance at the NRL grand final, it finished with one simple message: equality for all. But it was an advertisement aired during the following break that had a number of fans outraged.
The US rapper found himself at the centre of Australia’s gay marriage debate after backlash from former prime minister Tony Abbott and conservative commentators unhappy about him performing the marriage equality anthem Same Love at Sunday’s season decider in Sydney.
To a screaming crowd at ANZ Stadium, Macklemore performed the marriage equality anthem Same Love with a simple sentence at the end before moving onto his next song.
“Equality for all,” he said.
But Channel 9 chose to air an ad for the No campaign immediately after his performance.
The Coalition for Marriage ad had viewers wondering whether it was strategically placed after Macklemore’s performance.
— Pól Dominic McCann (@polmccann) October 1, 2017