When Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, better known as Macklemore, booked his ticket to Australia to perform at the NRL grand final in October, he could not have known what he was in for.
The Seattle rapper – largely forgotten since his 2012 hit Thrift Shop – found himself at the centre of a national debate about the value of free speech, in which he was attacked by Tony Abbott and defended by the former PM’s daughter Frances over the politics of his song Same Love.
Such was the state of Australia in 2017, as national politics and culture reached new heights of absurdity. But a bizarre year for news makes for a good year for memes. Here are some of the best.
Prime Minister Trumble
Malcolm Turnbull suffered online embarrassment after his first phone call with Donald Trump ended when the president hung up on him in anger.
While Australians were still processing the insult, the White House’s then-press secretary, Sean Spicer, called him “Trumble” and the meme – of Turnbull getting haplessly owned on the world stage – was born.
House is always haunt
In May Fairfax Media staff across the nation went on strike. A dramatic week-long action, sparked by 125 job cuts, saw staff walk off in the crucial week of the federal budget.
As reporters, editors and subeditors…