Guy Sebastian Apologised To His Fans Because He Encouraged Them To Get Vaccinated & Sorry, What?
"Get the splinters out of your arse, get off the fence. Grow a set, Guy," – a rare good take from Ray Hadley.
Guy Sebastian has backpedaled on his support for Vax The Nation, a campaign that encourages Australians to get vaccinated to “stop the interruptions” in the live music industry.
More than 400 of Australia’s biggest artists — including the likes of Flume, Jimmy Barnes, Amy Shark, and Guy Sebastian — have joined forces for the Vax The Nation campaign in the hopes of reopening the live entertainment industry for good with higher vaccination rates.
But yesterday after promoting Vax The Nation on Instagram, Sebastian apologised for promoting the vaccine and claimed that “the campaign was posted” to his page without his “direct involvement”.
“I’ve always done everything I can to support my industry, but the campaign was posted to my page without my direct involvement,” Sebastian told his followers after deleting the campaign video. “And whilst I, like everybody else in my industry, want everything to get going again, it is not my role to communicate in the way that that post was communicating,” he continued. “I would never, ever tell people what to do when it comes to their personal health choices. I’m very sensitive of it.
“So I just want to say, I’m really sorry. It was not a post that communicated with love or compassion, which is what I feel is needed when addressing things like vaccinations.”
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But despite Sebastian’s claims that it’s “not his role to communicate” about vaccines and that he would “never, ever tell people what to do when it comes to their personal health choices”, The Voice coach was very vocal about wanting to be vaccinated earlier in the year and has been an ambassador for Nature’s Way Kids Smart VITA Gummies throughout 2021.
Back in March, Sebastian actually told Adelaide Now that he wanted to “get that thing into me when it’s my turn” and added that “they can stick that thing in my neck if it means I can be on the road again and have my band playing again”.
So this sudden opposition to telling fans that he is pro-vaccination and that they should also be getting vaccinated is disappointing and confusing — especially because Sebastian is someone in the music industry who has managed to stay employed throughout the pandemic with TV programs while most, who rely on live entertainment, have lost their only source of income.
As expected, this desperation to “play both sides” and stay in the good books of the anti-vaxx crowd — despite literally being part of a campaign that focuses on encouraging vaccination — has been slammed online.
Some artists are expending a huge amount of their cultural capital challenging audiences to get vaxxed. So much respect. And then there's guy sebastian, one of our most successful artists, who sounds like he agrees with the science but is terrified of losing his anti-vax $
— Urthboy (@urthboy) September 6, 2021
Guy Sebastian: “I would ever tell people what to do when it comes to their personal health choices”
Also Guy Sebastian: pic.twitter.com/J2Hc28j0MT
— TV’s Christopher Downs (@chrisopotamia) September 6, 2021
Man, any musicians apologising for trying to get back to work by advocating for a safer audience is self defeating. Unpack your spine ya goofballs.
— Senator Briggs (@Briggs) September 6, 2021
“Get the splinters out of your arse, get off the fence,” Hadley said on 2GB. “Grow a set, Guy. And don’t let those who are perhaps on your website saying ‘I’ll never listen to you again. Won’t buy your CDs. Won’t go on Spotify ever again.’ [get to you].
“Grow a set, mate. You’re better than that. That was a weak-kneed, ordinary response when the vast bulk of the people in your industry are desperate to get back to work and the only way they get back to work is through double-vaccination.”
Sadly, as Ben Lee so eloquently put it, Sebastian’s sudden opposition to telling Australians to get vaccinated is unfortunately just “a really sad example of what happens when your career is dependent on trying to be all things to all people”.
To be honest, this is actually a really sad example of what happens when your career is dependent on trying to be all things to all people.
— Ben Lee (@benleemusic) September 6, 2021