Late last week, Aussie comedian and icon Tim Minchin teased the Turnbull government's choice to stage a non-binding postal vote on same-sex marriage in an acute musical number unleashed to his social media following. The clever composer has reworked Peter Allen's classic song ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ into a tune entitled ‘I Still Call Australia Homophobic’. It has certainly struck a chord with the general populace in addition to discord with the politicians.
If you haven’t heard the song yet, here it is:
The ginger vixen recorded the tune on his iPhone and uploaded the footage to Facebook on August 11. Minchin explained that he conceived the “heartfelt song to my homeland” to inspire all Australians to pledge their support for equality by engaging in the vote. “No matter how far or how wide I roam, I still call Australia ... homophobic,” Minchin sings in a delayed fashion. “It's bad enough these pollie arseholes pass discriminatory laws, now we're forced to dance the plebiscite jig. But on the upside, this plebiscite might enlighten us. At least we'll know exactly how many Aussies are bigoted cunts.” Following this, the tune then calls for legislators to “do their bloody jobs”.
“Then Carrie can marry Sally, and Ben can bone Tone in the marriage bed in their Aussie home. So you can shove your cherry picked Bible passage up your puckered bottom. Your attempt to keep Australia in the past will be a failure because most of Australia aren't homophobic.”
The video is concluded with a personalised notation from the comedian, conveying his view that the plebiscite is a “noxious” idea. “Polls show that Aussies are overwhelmingly in support of marriage equality,” Minchin explains. “Not that it should matter, it's not fucking X-Factor. But let's drown the mofos in the ‘yes’ votes.”
In 2016, during the unfolding of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the comedian penned a song called ‘Come Home (Cardinal Pell)’, which ridiculed the Cardinal of the same name. It was premiered on The Project and acquired widespread attention from the ABC, but was regarded as highly provocative.
Minchin coined the tune which seemingly condemned Catholicism, describing Pell as a "coward", "buffoon" and "scum". In response, a declaration from Pell's representatives emphasised how the Cardinal had led the battle against kiddie fiddling in the church for a whopping timeframe of 20 years.
The song stimulated revenue journeys to Rome for victims of sex abuse so they could witness the Cardinal present his evidence. It was noted by the ABC that on February 17 2016 the song had gone viral “with almost 200,000 YouTube views" but in a balanced view also added “supporters of Cardinal Pell say it’s verbal abuse set to music.” Columnist Andrew Bolt slammed the number as being a “hymn of hatred”. It seems that ‘I Still Call Australia Homophobic’ is set to trump this publicity with 4.1 million views currently on the Facebook video. In essence, Tim Minchin loves to inject his political commentary with a comical slant into the stratosphere and if we can’t reflect on it, what’s the point of holding together a democracy?