"Don't politicise sport," has been the catch cry of conservatives this week when they finally figured out who Macklemore is and that one of his most popular songs was unashamedly written to support marriage equality five years ago. I can see how that slogan is kind of catchy, even if that horse bolted years ago (remember when we refused to play sport with Apartheid South Africa). Still, I get the appeal and I can even sympathise, as I often object to situations being exploited for political gain.
I feel the request rings a little hollow coming from creeps like Abbott, Dutton, Hanson and Morrison though. If we are going to talk about things that shouldn’t be politicised, here are a few other examples they might consider:
-Don’t exaggerate and politicise terror threats.
-Don’t politicise Christmas with false claims that it’s under threat.
-Don’t politicise the misfortunes of refugees.
-Don’t politicise unemployment by dishonestly blaming it on immigration.
- And finally (actually I’m sure there are plenty of other examples we could talk about), don’t politicise natural disasters and blackouts.
They seriously complain about politicising sport? Give me a break.