Guy Sebastian has taken to Facebook to explain how a newspaper article headline about his song for the Bali Nine was taken out of context.
Sebastian received negative feedback after announcing that he had written a song about the state sanctioned murder of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia last week.
Sebastian said today that he had no regrets over the song but felt he could have used a better word that “tribute” to explain why he wrote it.
“I never said I regretted the song or the video, as the title suggested,” he posted. “I simply stated that I could have worded it better and acknowledged that the word “tribute” is usually reserved for situations such as victims of natural disasters, fallen soldiers, etc etc, and that I could see how it divided people”.
“This was a unique situation that captured the hearts of many due to the coverage it got and naturally people empathised including myself. I’m an artist and I’m emotionally driven. My heart is a compassionate one and I definitely do NOT regret the video and would do it again because it came from a place of love, empathy and a genuine ache from seeing the distress from loved ones”.
“I still stand for compassion, I still stand for mercy, I stand for the fact that people can be reformed and that death by whatever means is not the answer. Do I condone drug use etc of course not. That was never in question”.
The funeral of Myuran will be held at DaySpring Church in Castle Hill on Saturday at 11am and is expected to finish at 2pm. Artist Ben Quilty, who kept in close contact with the pair, will speak at the service along with family and close friends.
A private cremation will take place afterwards.
Andrew Chan’s funeral service will be held at the Hillsong Church in Baulkham Hills on Friday at 11am.
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