Tony Abbot, an Australian politico, got a bit of a surprise when he called into a Sydney, Aus. radio show to talk with Katy Perry about when she’d be touring next Down Under. The pop star turned the conversation from her music to marriage equality:
From The Telegraph:
“When are you coming back (to Australia)? We need you, we want you,” Abbott said.
Perry, however, was keener to discuss the policies of his conservative coalition ahead of elections on September 7.
“Oh come on, that’s not a political question. Let’s talk about gay marriage,” she replied from the United States, urging voters to speak out against Abbott’s stance on the issue.
“I love you as a human being but I can’t give you my vote,” Perry said, adding: “I just don’t believe in your policies so that’s what a lot of people should be doing.”
Despite having an openly gay sister, Abbott is opposed to same-sex marriages, in contrast to election rival Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who has vowed to introduce a bill legalising the unions if returned to office.
Bravo to Katy for standing up and challenging Abbot on the issue of equality rather than just soaking in the adoration. I’m glad that she’s fearless on stating her opinion in such a public forum.
Country artists could take a cue from Katy. I’d like to know where a lot of them stand. If they stand for equality, yesterday was the time to speak up. Equality is as much of an institution in America as all the other things that country artists sing about; love being one of them. It’s time for country artists to stop singing and start talking.