Some Australians want Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ to be their national anthem
We’re not sure what part of Outkast’s catchy 2003 classic “Hey Ya” inspires national pride (maybe it’s “shake it like a Polaroid picture?”) but some Australians tried to make it the country’s national anthem anyway.
The bid to replace “Advance Australia Fair” — the country’s official national anthem since 1977 — was just supported by four petitioners but the government still acknowledged it.
Specifically the country’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who responded to the petition in parliament on Monday.
“The Australian National Anthem is widely accepted and popularly supported by a majority of Australians. The Australian Government has no plans to change the Anthem,” reads a letter from Turnbull.
“Thank you for bringing this petition to my attention. I appreciate the important work of the Standing Committee on Petitions in putting community concerns before the Parliament.”
Okay, sure it sounds like a standard rejection letter that governments probably dole out to a whole suite of requests.
However, it also comes after a push to change the country’s national anthem lyrics to make it more inclusive toward Indigenous Australians, a call which the government also rejected.
As for the people who went to all that effort for “Hey Ya,” perhaps this local cover will have to suffice.
[h/t Huffington Post]