Tim Minchin’s reworked ‘I still call Australia home…aphobic' is already a Facebook hit

Zing. Picture: Tim Minchin/Facebook

Australian playwright and all-round comedy legend Tim Minchin has done it again.

This morning, Minchin published “a heartfelt song to my homeland, recorded last night on my iPhone. With love.”

The song, which riffs on the Peter Allen classic “I still call Australia Home”, takes aim at the Turnbull Government’s decision to hold a non-binding postal vote plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

The missive starts with a subtle dig that Minchin’s “been to cities that never close down” before it lands the first big hit – “I still call Australia home…aphobic”

While some of the lyrics are #NSFW, we’ve pulled out a couple of the best:

  • “People love Aussies, they generally call us kind, fun and funny, tall tanned and toned… and a little bit racist and a little bit homophobic
  • “Some day we’ll all be together once more, when they do their bloody jobs, and just change the f…ing law. Then Carrie can marry Sally, and Ben can bone Tone, in the marriage bed in their Aussie home.
  • “Your attempt to keep Australia in the past will be a failure, because most of Australia ain’t home…aphobic.”

The post has garnered 300,000 views in less than three hours, more than 18,000 shares and nearly 15,000 reactions.

In a statement at the end of the video, Minchin encourages Australians to vote “yes” in the plebiscite, even though he doesn’t agree with the method.

“Polls show that Aussies are overwhelmingly in support of marriage equality,” Minchin writes.

“Not that it should matter, it’s not f—ing X-Factor. But let’s drown the mofos in the ‘yes’ votes.”

It’s not the first time a politically poignant song from Minchin went viral, with his “Come Home Cardinal Pell” song reaching more than 2 million views last year.

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