Calls from Australian politicians, including a former prime minister, and others to ban USA hip-hop artist Macklemore from singing his hit Same Love at the NRL grand final have seemingly backfired, with the song shooting to the top of the Australian iTunes charts.
"I'm gonna go harder, I'm going to love" he added. "Today I think there is a petition to ban me from playing it", Macklemore - real name Benjamin Haggerty - said.
He said: "I'm getting a lot of tweets from angry, old white dudes in Australia".
The NRL stood by its commitment to host Macklemore as part of the Grand Final entertainment.
But his pro-LGBTQI song "Same Love" is taking the heat - as prominent anti-same-sex marriage supporters such as former prime minister Tony Abbott branding it as unnecessary "politicising".
'Footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicised grand final.
The NRL and the AFL have all gotten behind to support marriage equality, but sadly not everyone is on board.
Mr Abbott's daughter, Frances, also showed support for the same-sex marriage anthem on Instagram, saying the song was "what we need".
Australian MP Bob Katter has taken a swipe at the NRL for booking American rapper Macklemore to perform at this weekend's Grand Final, calling the decision like "seeping sewerage into the debutante ball".
Despite the petition and the fetid ramblings of an ex-PM, Macklemore and singer Mary Lambert WILL be performing Same Love at the GF on Sunday and it's gonna be a bloody lovely moment.
The petition, initiated this week by a former rugby league player Tony Wall, says it will be hard to watch the final "with a LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Queer) anthem taking centre stage".
Wall said his family would feel uncomfortable if they heard the song on Sunday.
"He's playing four of his biggest hits, one of those will include that song and we're very comfortable with that", he said.
Meanwhile, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced it will publish weekly national estimates of submitted surveys from Tuesday until November 7.