Last month, Aussies were applauding radio station Triple J after announcing it would move its yearly Hottest 100 countdown from Australia Day to January 27.
The move came after increased controversy surrounding the date, which is referred to as ‘Invasion Day’ for Indigenous Australians.
The government-funded, national radio station said that although they didn’t take a view on such discussions, the decision to move the countdown’s air date was made to all Australians “could enjoy the event together”.
“It’s fair to say there’s been increasing debate around 26 January and there are a lot of perspectives on what it means to different Australians,” a statement from the station read.
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“In recent years the Hottest 100 has become a symbol in the debate about Australia Day. The Hottest 100 wasn’t created as an Australia Day celebration. It was created to celebrate your favourite songs of the past year.
“It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together – for both the musicians whose songs make it in and for everyone listening in Australia and around the world.”
But now, controversy has been stirred up all over again after rival station Triple M saw the announcement as an opportunity, and declared it would hosting an Australia Day countdown of its own.
On Wednesday, the dedicated rock music station revealed it would air an ‘Ozzest 100’ on Australia Day, as a tribute to the hits that have defined and impacted Australian music.
“So, the taxpayer-funded FM has decided that there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day,” Triple M’s announcement read.
"Let's face it, that's usually full of hipsters or kids making music on a Mac. At Triple M we're going to give you what you asked for. The perfect Australia Day soundtrack."
Naturally, people are pretty pissed that the station has so clearly and quickly made the decision to profit from Triple J's decision.
"Not angry, just disappointed," one Twitter user wrote.
Others said the station had found itself on "the wrong side of Australian history".
Triple M are hosting their own Hottest 100 on Australia Day. Tune in if you want to hear ‘Back In Black’ 100 times in one day.
In all seriousness, way to solidify your status as a bogan radio station for boomers living in the wrong side of history.
— Jimmy Kleiner (@jimmykleiner) December 20, 2017
That triple M thing is super embarrassing, god damn. Who signed off on that?
— SheerKhan (@nicklaurie) December 20, 2017
Triple M are absolute scumbags. What a low blow push for listeners and money.
— Deklan Van de Straat (@thisisdeklan) December 20, 2017
Hey, Triple M, how are you going to count down 100 songs when all you play are the exact same 5 songs and friggin ads all the time?
— Celeste Liddle (@Utopiana) December 20, 2017
Others said the countdown - which will rely on votes from the public - was the "perfect opportunity" to troll the station and make sure Yothu Yindi's Treaty made the top spot, and to make sure other Indigenous artists also made the list.
I like the idea of everyone logging in and voting for 'Treaty' to win to this sham of a Australia Day Top 100 on Triple M..
— Jess! (@jessschw) December 20, 2017
BREAKING: Triple M's Hottest 100 to be the same eight songs on repeat all day
— David Jackmanson (@djackmanson) December 20, 2017
Before Jan 26 be sure to flood "Triple M"for requests of songs by Aboriginal artists, plus songs about issues important to Aboriginals
"Thou Shalt Not Steal" for Number 1
— John Malcolm (@JohnnyMalc) December 20, 2017
Aussie music fans also called on iconic Australian acts to withdraw their support from the station and demand their songs not be played during Australia Day.
Seriously, you’re an artist & you hear #TripleM are going to add your song to their 100 can you just do the right thing and withdraw their right to play it.
— Sally Gunn ????️???? (@SallyCeeGunn) December 20, 2017
— ????christmas kennett???? (@chriskennett) December 20, 2017
— Hilltop Hoods (@hilltophoods) December 20, 2017
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