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Neil Mitchell responds to decision to play parody during Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ in NRL coverage

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Neil Mitchell has slammed the decision to play a parody song instead of Macklemore’s controversial Same Love during coverage of the NRL on 3AW last night.

It was the first time 3AW has broadcast the NRL grand final, taking the call via Macquarie Media’s Continuous Call Team.

The commentary team is spearheaded by Ray Hadley, who was outspoken in his opposition to Macklemore playing at the NRL grand final in favour of Australian talent (note: original article suggested Hadley opposed the song based on its timing during the marriage equality survey, which Hadley rejected).

So instead of taking Macklemore’s performance of the song, they played a parody of the song, in which Ray Hadley raps about his inability to play top-level rugby league.

In response to a 3AW Mornings caller questioning the decision, Neil Mitchell slammed the broadcast.

“I thought it was unprofessional and embarrassing,” he said.

“Really, I was appalled.

“It’s nothing to do with censorship, it just sounded awful.”