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The Australian national anthem has reportedly been scrapped from this year’s belated State of Origin series.
The Daily Telegraph reported the controversial move this morning, following a meeting of the ARL Commission.
However, as could be expected the NewsCorp tabloid have reported the decision to speed up the pre-match build up as a ‘BAN ON PATRIOTISM’ in their latest effort to sow division and fear into Australian society with their mythical culture wars.
The series begins next Wednesday in Adelaide, which is sacrilege in itself, but apparently not as bad as the fact that Advance Australia Fair will not be played before kick-off.
The ARL Commission’s reasoning was that NSW vs Queensland was not an international fixture, and only included two states, and therefore the anthem was not necessary .
However, the Telegraph has argued that if that was the case, then why was the anthem played before the Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm on Sunday for the ‘National’ Rugby League Grand Final.
Like most media scrutiny coming from the inner-city mouthbreathers at NewsCorp’s Surry Hill HQ, ARL Commissioner Saint Peter V’Landys doesn’t appear to give a fuck about the misplaced nostalgia and clickbait noise being generated by the Murdoch rags.
The fact that photos of Latrell Mitchell – and other proud Indigenous footballers – are being used as the photos for these sensationalist articles also point to how desperate NewsCorp must be to generate clicks in the face of a potential Royal Commission into their stranglehold on Australian media and politics.
However, the ARL has today provided an alternative to the national anthem, by giving each state the opportunity to play their own ‘state anthems’ that better represent their supporters.
The NSW Blues have reportedly chosen Campbelltown gutter rapper MC Kerser’s ‘Highest Man’ as their pre-match anthem, while the Maroons have opted for Brisbane surf rock icon Pete Murray’s ‘Better Days’ – a song which is almost symbolic to Queensland’s current odds heading into Origin 2020.
Maroons coach Wayne Bennett said he stands by the decision, and doesn’t mind a bit of Pete Murray.
“I love a bit of Meat Curry [sic]”
“His songs take me back to the last Broncos Premiership”
Blues Coach Freddy Fittler also says gutter rap was the right call with his new breed of eshay westies in the NSW squad
“Kerser will get the boys up and about” says Blues Coach Freddy Fitler.
“I’m ready to go bra”
“Maggot come try testing me”