Guy Sebastian is facing a backlash after withdrawing his support of the live music industry’s #VaxTheNation campaign following a backlash from anti-vaxxers.
And Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and David ‘Kochie’ Koch shared their views on Guy’s decision on Wednesday, with Nat notably expressing his disapproval.
The 53-year-old journalist said she was stunned by the singer’s back flip as most of the public figures endorsing the Covid-19 vaccine are trolling online, but they are not coming under pressure after a few nasty comments on Instagram.
“I mean, if you’re pro-vaccine like most of us, anti-vaxxers are attacking you online every day. Why would he be shocked by that?’ she said.
Natalie’s comments are notable as Sunrise is broadcast on Channel Seven, the same network that broadcasts The Voice, on which Guy acts as a celebrity coach.
Opinions: Sunrise presenters Natalie Barr (right) and David ‘Kochie’ Koch (left) shared their views on Guy Sebastian’s decision to withdraw his support for a Covid vaccine ad campaign
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford commented: “Guy doesn’t like to make waves. He’s a nice person and he doesn’t want people to hate him, but the general mood right now is that you have to take a stand.’
Kochie said Guy should not be criticized for kicking back the campaign, arguing that he has every right to have reservations about vaccines.
‘We are the . lost [ability to] agree to disagree, don’t you?’ he said. “It’s ‘you do what I say or I’m going to hate you for it’.”
Guy’s backflip was also a topic of discussion on Nine’s Today Extra, with hosts David Campbell and Belinda Russell giving their thoughts on the situation.
Press: Guy faces backlash after withdrawing support for live music industry’s #VaxTheNation campaign following backlash from anti-vaxxers
David explained: ‘I think Guy does support vaccination. I think the confusion comes when everyone tries to say one thing and then he tries to play both sides a little bit.’
He added: “You can have a conversation and play both sides, but not on these issues and not on social media because what’s going to happen is you’re going to get hate and it’s ramped up.” [another platform] for other people who don’t even want to troll you.
“It’s a mess for him, a mess for his management and I hope we can remember that #VaxTheNation is the most important thing.”
Belinda agreed, insisting Guy’s message about the vaccine campaign was not clear.
‘He did try to say he was talking about people with underlying medical problems’ [having a right to refuse the vaccine] but it wasn’t clear,’ she said.
“Why would he be shocked by that?” Natalie said she was stunned by the singer’s backflip as most of the public figures endorsing the Covid-19 vaccine are trolling online, but they are not coming under pressure after a few nasty comments on Instagram
The #VaxTheNation movement is urging Aussies to get vaccinated to end the cycle of lockdowns and help restart the live music industry.
Guy had endorsed the campaign on Instagram on Monday, but removed the post a few hours later after fierce reactions from anti-vaxxers.
He then uploaded a bizarre video in which he apologized to the fans.
Guy said the campaign video was posted on his page “without his involvement” and that he only wanted to support and reopen the entertainment industry, not to preach to people about their personal vaccination choices.
‘Hello everyone. I just wanted to jump on this and clear something up,” he said in the clip posted Monday night.
“I’m sure some of you today may have seen a call from the industry with the best of intentions for our live music industry, which has been absolutely decimated, trying to find a way forward so we can all come together again.
‘It is a mess!’ Guy’s backflip was also a topic of discussion on Today Extra, with hosts David Campbell (left) and Belinda Russell (right) agreeing it was a bad look for the musician
“I’ve always done everything I could to support my industry, but the campaign was posted to my page without my direct involvement.
“And while I, like everyone else in my industry, want things to get going again, it’s not my role to communicate the way that post was communicated.”
“I would never tell people what to do when it comes to their personal health choices,” Guy added, referring to the Covid vaccine.
“I’m very sensitive to it, not only on a public level, but also in my personal life with people who have had circumstances that they need to consider when making these choices.”
Sorry: Sebastian had endorsed the campaign on Instagram on Monday, but deleted the post a few hours later after a response from anti-vaxxers. He then uploaded a video apologizing to the fans
He continued: “I just want to say I’m really sorry. It was not a message communicated with love or compassion, which I think is necessary when it comes to things like vaccinations.
“I just wanted to clarify that so I can speak my truth and people know how I really feel. So a lot of love.’
Guy spoke to talkback radio host Ray Hadley on 2GB Tuesday morning and insisted that he was not anti-vax but standing up for people who cannot be vaccinated for legitimate medical reasons.
Clarification: Guy spoke to talkback radio host Ray Hadley (pictured) on 2GB Tuesday morning and insisted he was not anti-vax. ‘I didn’t say I’m not in favor of vaccinations; I was stabbed twice myself,” he said
‘I didn’t say I’m not in favor of vaccinations; I’ve been stabbed twice myself,” he said.
‘In my message I said that I support the initiative. I just think that when the message is delivered, it shouldn’t be done in a way to shame the people who don’t fall into an antivax category.”
Over 400 Australian artists and performers have joined forces to launch the #VaxTheNation campaign.
Powderfinger, Jimmy Barnes, Tim Minchin, Courtney Barnett, Celeste Barber, Vance Joy, Em Rusciano, Marcia Hines, Midnight Oil and Amy Shark are just some of the big names encouraging fans to get the vaccine to reboot the live music industry .
Campaign: Over 400 Australian artists and performers have joined forces to launch the #VaxTheNation campaign. The #VaxTheNation movement urges Aussies to get vaccinated to end the cycle of lockdowns and help restart the live music industry