Macklemore to donate Australian proceeds of song Same Love to 'yes' campaign

Macklemore to donate Australian proceeds of song Same Love to 'yes' campaign

Speaking to Channel Nine ahead of tomorrow's match, Macklemore said he would help fund the Yes campaign.

"I think that that is what music has the power to do - it's not to divide people, but create an environment where people can start a debate, can have a conversation and bring a message to the forefront", he said.

It's understood the funding arrangement is yet to be formally finalised.

"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.

Rapper Macklemore has pledged a donation to the "Yes" campaign for marriage equality.

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Speaking to Channel 9, Macklemore spoke about music power to bring a message to a wider audience and help affect change. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbot even took to Twitter to remark that politics should be kept out of sport.

"Anytime that you announce a performer, it's going to be in front of 80,000 people, there is going to be some people that are like "oh why don't we have this person", that just comes with the territory", he said.

Australians were becoming increasingly exhausted of the negativity from the "no" campaign, Mr Greenwich added.

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

Musician Macklemore's 2012 single "Same Love" has surged up to number one on the Australian iTunes charts, after politicians hit out at the United States artist for politicising sport amidst Australia's same-sex marriage debate. "I think there's a petition today to ban me from playing it".

Following a presentation at the Policy Exchange think tank in London overnight, Mr Dutton said two songs should be played at the NRL Grand Final, if U.S. rapper Macklemore is allowed to perform his pro-marriage equality song.

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Abbott lead the charge against Macklemore tweeting, "Footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicised grand final".

Abbott has a supported for his wacky righted winged way in Queensland MP Bob Katter.

"I thought Mr Abbott believed in freedom of speech".

Amid the row, the song has risen to the top of the Australian iTunes chart.

Macklemore initially appeared perplexed by the controversy, telling a U.S. radio station he'd received "a lot of tweets from angry old white men".

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