Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. Held on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served in the Gallipoli Campaign, their first engagement in the Great War(1914–1918).
This year people are getting upset because there is a band…you may or you may not have heard of them…Birds of Tokyo. Birds of Tokyo is an Australian alternative rock band from Perth, Western Australia. Every year in the AFL (the Australian Football League) usually an Australian band will play at a “special” ANZAC football game. There’s nothing really different about it, other than the Australian band. I don’t know exactly WHY people are upset, other than they don’t think the band is Australian enough, or something? Either way the irony is people are complaining because you don’t celebrate war, you don’t celebrate the invasion of countries.
Except for Australia and it’s Indigenous people, apparently?
I don’t actually understand the “upset” at all too be completely honest. When I first saw it, I thought maybe a band had never performed at an ANZAC Day football game before…Nope, there’s always some kind of Australian band or a group of Australian performers who play before? So I actually don’t understand the problem. Other than Birds of Tokyo is not “Australian” enough or something, to footy fans anyway.
If Anzac Day is supposed to be commemorative, reflection, why don’t get more people get upset at the AFL playing at all? Crowds are quiet the whole game? They don’t cheer, get drunk and boo? Bands haven’t played before? Birds of Tokyo not ‘Australian’ enough for footy? I truly do not understand.