Australian rapper Adam Briggs has slammed the Australian national anthem on last night’s episode of q&a, claiming that its lyrics do not account for the disadvantages faced by Indigenous Australians.
“I don’t think anyone is really that attached to it because the song’s just not that good,” the 32-year-old entertainer said when answering an audience member’s question on what it would take for all Australians to rally behind the tune.
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The discussion took a turn when another audience member stated that she believes she shares many similarities with the rapper because “Celtic ancestors were dispossessed by the same people who dispossessed Indigenous Australians,” and asked why we can’t all respect the current flag and anthem as they stand.
In response, Briggs delved into his recent family history to highlight the disparities between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the population.
“To compare Indigenous disadvantage to any other kind of disadvantage in Australia is vastly… it’s crazy to me. Up until the 80s, my parents got turned away from home ownership,” he explained.
“They had the deposit, but as soon as the person selling the house found out that they were Indigenous, that house was no longer for sale. And that was the 80s. The disadvantage that we face is still today.”
Watch the full interview here.