Facing backlash for just growing up…
Thank god for Guy Sebastian. Australian Idol might have given him fame and fortune but the singer’s willingness to be open and honest about life and religion will earn him a newfound and potentially more universal level of respect.
Famously a virgin when he made his debut in 2003, Sebastian has since moved away from fundamentalist Christianity, Adelaide’s Paradise Community Church that shaped his early years.
Sebastian attributes his change of heart to growing up, a recent marriage, plus the birth of his son Hudson.
In an interview given a week ago with The Daily Telegraph Sebastian claimed the turning point was a friend who moved countries after coming out as gay, for fear of the church’s reaction.
The article spurred a huge and mostly angry online backlash from Sebastian’s Christian fans. Yesterday, the singer took to Facebook to respond.
Here’s a part of what he said:
“It saddens and concerns me for the sake of my child that we live in a world still full of intolerance, hatred and prejudice. Hudson is the inspiration for me to write my latest song “Get Along”, as I want to do what I can to make a positive impact in the world.
“Dogmatic teachings invariably lead to such outcomes. However, I do think this is the minority and not what most people in the world want. But it seems societies around the world are becoming more aware, educated and open-minded, and are evolving as I am also evolving to embrace a deeper spiritual understanding about life rather than mere submission to rigid rules.
“I am also evolving to embrace a deeper spiritual understanding about life rather than mere submission to rigid rules.”
Clearly heartfelt and poignant, Sebastian’s post offers a genuinely refreshing take on such a contentious issue. It takes courage to go public and admit that sometimes life challenges your beliefs and maturity to see those changes through.
Accepting that other people won’t necessarily see things the same way is probably the next part of the process - especially when it means a potential loss of revenue and fans.
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