Tim Minchin parodies classic Aussie track as marriage debate rages

Tim Minchin has written and performed a parody song about Australia's on-going marriage equality debate, which has been viewed over a quarter of a million times in just a few hours.

The celebrated Australian comedian and musician takes on 'I Still Call Australia Home', originally released in 1980 by Peter Allen, in the video he posted on Facebook, adding "..ophobic" to the title.

Minchin, who co-wrote the Olivier Award-winning Matilda the Musical, makes it quite clear he is in favour of same-sex marriages - and doesn't think much of those who oppose them.

"I've been to cities that never close down, from New York to Rio and old London town," sings Minchin.

"But no matter how far or how wide I roam, I still call Australia hom... ophobic."

He goes on to sing about Australians having an international reputation as being "a little bit racist", as well as homophobic.

"It's bad enough, these poli-arseholes pass discriminatory laws, now we're forced to dance the plebiscite jig," he sings.

"But on the upside, this plebiscite might enlighten us - at least we'll know exactly how many Aussies are bigoted c***s."

The controversial plebiscite proposed by the Australian government is a nationwide vote to gauge public feedback on changing marriage laws. It has renewed fierce debate in the country around LGBT rights.

Meanwhile, Matilda the Musical launches at The Civic in Auckland later this month.

The full song is embedded below - be advised, it contains offensive language.


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