A ‘Vote No’ Ad Aired Right After Macklemore’s NRL Show & People Are Pissed

It was a surprisingly beautiful moment: American musician Macklemore taking the stage at the NRL Grand Final along with singer Mary Lambert to bust out #loveislove anthem ‘Same Love‘.

After what feels like an aeon of “respectful debate” that’s been demoralising, destabilising, disheartening and dangerous, it was a performance that really felt like it was bringing Australia, as a country, closer to true equality – complete with rainbow smoke machines.

So of course it wasn’t going to last.

For folks watching the final at home, Macklemore’s performance was followed immediately by an ad by the ‘Vote No’ campaign.

This was the ad famously banned from airing during the AFL final due to its M-rating, for moderate language. It features some of the online abuse allegedly directed towards anti-marriage equality campaigners, particularly repeated use of the word “bigot”, and finishes with the tagline, “Love is love. Unless you disagree.

Needless to say, punters were not super impressed by this juxtaposition.

https://twitter.com/lozdoglee/status/914405897987698688

https://twitter.com/lclmnts/status/914422557914292225

https://twitter.com/dzennon/status/914402996049424384

https://twitter.com/alicevictoria19/status/914403276140904448

Fortunately, people in pubs around Australia knew exactly what to do.

https://twitter.com/chrisjoregan/status/914403103499096064

https://twitter.com/vivzilla/status/914402939212402688

https://twitter.com/ahcayley/status/914403257803472896

God bless the good-hearted sports-watching folk of this fine country’s many fine drinking establishments. Boo the hell outta that shit.

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