The former Prime Minister (current full-time agitator and Manly Sea Eagles' number one ticket holder from 2014-2016) tweeted that "footy fans shouldn't be subjected to a politicised grand final", alongside sharing a tweet from conservative journalist and self-described "truth-teller, Miranda Devine, that called on people to sign an open-letter petition to NRL CEO Todd Greenberg calling that the governing body of rugby league take a neutral position on the issue of same-sex marriage.
On Thursday morning, attorney general George Brandis told ABC TV that Tony Abbott's criticism was "a bizarre thing to say," adding that "[he] thought Mr Abbott believed in freedom of speech."
Meanwhile, Macklemore has responded to the debate by saying he plans to "go harder" at Sunday evening's performance, telling a U.S. radio station that he's been getting a lot of tweets "from angry old white dudes in Australia."
Greenberg has also responded, sticking by the NRL's headline pre-game performer, telling 2GB radio that "we're an inclusive game and whilst everyone will stand for their own issues and make their own decisions, we're very comfortable with where we sit."
Abbott is yet to officially respond to Brandis' comments, however, this morning he posted a link to an op-ed published in the Daily Telegraph further advocating against the "left" and his strong stance as a supporter of the No campaign in the current non-binding, non-compulsory marriage equality postal vote.
As it stands, while Macklemore is now more likely to use his spotlight moment to show his support for the Yes campaign, it's unclear how the crowd will respond. Hopefully, in a kinder way than they did to Abbott when he appeared at the 2014 grand final.