Sigur Ros take aim at Margaret Court

Sigur Ros take aim at Margaret Court
13 Jul, 2017 by Mike Lynch

Icelandic rockers Sigur Ros have slammed Margaret Court ahead of their Australian tour later this month.

Sigur Ros blast Margaret Court

The band have released a special t-shirt to promote marriage equality as well as a statement that takes aim at Margaret Court’s stance on same-sex marriage.

Sigur Ros take aim at Margaret Court

You can see the emblem that will feature on the t-shirt below. It’s certainly a change up from the kangaroo and emu.

Sigur Ros take aim at Margaret Court

The bloke on the left looks like one of the BeyondTheGame.TV editors….

The band are scheduled to play a gig at Margaret Court arena on July 27. We’re not sure whether Margaret will be in attendance…

Sigur Ros statement

You can read the band’s full statement regarding Margaret Court below- sorry about the capitals.

DEAR MELBOURNE & AUSTRALIA,

SINCE WE FORMED SIGUR RÓS SOME TWENTY YEARS AGO, WE HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO VISIT AUSTRALIA SEVEN TIMES. WE’RE VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR EIGHTH VISIT THIS JULY.

WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR WORLDWIDE TOUR, PLAYING MORE THAN 130 SHOWS AND VISITING 39 COUNTRIES. ALONG THE WAY WE HAVE PLAYED SOME OF THE WORLD’S FINEST VENUES, AND WE’RE FINISHING WITH A RESIDENCE AT THE HARPA CONCERT HALL IN OUR HOME TOWN OF REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

OUR NEXT MELBOURNE SHOW IS SET TO TAKE PLACE ON JULY 27TH AT MARGARET COURT ARENA. OUR FANS AND FRIENDS HAVE MADE US AWARE OF RECENT COMMENTS BY MARGARET COURT REGARDING HER OPPOSITION TO QANTAS’S SUPPORT OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN AUSTRALIA, AND HER WIDER VIEWS ON RACE AND SEXUALITY.

Sigur Ros take aim at Margaret Court

ICELAND IS A COUNTRY WHERE SAME SEX PARTNERSHIPS HAVE BEEN RECOGNISED SINCE 1996, AND WHERE SAME SEX COUPLES HAVE ENJOYED THE SAME ADOPTION RIGHTS AS STRAIGHT COUPLES SINCE 2006. SAME SEX MARRIAGES WERE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED IN OUR PARLIAMENT IN 2010 (OUR THEN PRIME MINISTER, JÓHANNA SIGURÐARDÓTTIR, WAS THE WORLD’S FIRST OPENLY GAY PM, AND ONE OF THE VERY FIRST ICELANDERS TO BE MARRIED UNDER THIS LEGISLATION). WE ARE ALSO HAPPY TO SAY THAT SINCE 2008 THE CHURCH OF ICELAND, AND ALL OTHER RELIGIONS, WERE OFFICIALLY GRANTED PERMISSION TO BLESS SAME SEX UNIONS.

WE KNOW MARGARET COURT’S OPINIONS ARE NOT SHARED BY THE MAJORITY OF AUSTRALIANS. WE WANT TO ADD OUR VOICE TO THE CALL FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA —RIGHT HERE ON MARGARET COURT ARENA ITSELF. AUSTRALIA SHOULD BE A COUNTRY THAT CELEBRATES POSITIVITY AND INCLUSION, AS WELL AS ACHIEVEMENT ON THE SPORTING FIELD.

WE’VE DECIDED TO COMMISSION A SPECIAL TEE-SHIRT FOR THIS MELBOURNE SHOW, WHICH WE’LL ALSO SELL AT OUR SYDNEY SHOW AND AT SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS, PROCEEDS FROM WHICH WILL GO TOWARDS SUPPORT OF AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY.

LET’S MAKE JULY 27TH MARGARET COURT ARENA’S MOST INCLUSIVE NIGHT EVER AND CALL FOR EVERY AUSTRALIAN TO HAVE THE SAME DIGNITY AND RESPECT RIGHT HERE ON CENTRE COURT.

TAKK FYRIR,

SIGUR RÓS

by Michael T. Lynch – contributor

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