Can Guy Sebastian have it both ways?
So bumpy grindy dry-rooting on a dance floor is now acceptable fodder for openly Christian artists’ video clips. Fine. Not for me to moralise. That was done here in this piece and most of you said “Pffft. Who cares?”
What I’m wondering is where the outcry is from the huge flock of Guy Sebastian fans who wear their Christianity on their sleeves.
Look at the photo above. It’s G-Seb schmoozing in Sydney the other week with American rapper/singer Eve, a woman not known for her modesty, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Gwen Stefani.
Apparently, the former ’Fro believes he can pull off the impossible. Something pretty much no artist in the history of pop culture has achieved. The theory in camp Sebastian is that he can stay true to his roots in Adelaide’s Paradise Church, while winning over a wave of cooler fans with the same kind of derivative, sexually-laden imagery just about every artist uses these days.
Like I say, good on him if he achieves this. This is not an anti-Guy piece. The dude has a terrific voice and as anyone who regularly reads Damien Leith’s terrific life reflections on this site would know, The Punch has no bias against Australian Idol winners.
It’s also worth pointing out that Sebastian seems to be a really decent person. He has been admirably supportive of gay people – to the point where there has been a backlash against him on some Christian websites. The question is: why aren’t these same people attacking him for using sex to sell? It’s not a crime. But it’s not exactly the Christian way either.
There’s an argument that Sebastian is now deliberately downplaying his Christianity. The word “Christian” does not appear once in his 5000 word Wikipedia entry, the glowing tone of which strongly suggests it was written from within Camp Sebastian.
In an interview with Geraldine Doogue’s Compass show on the ABC in 2004, Sebastian talked about the reasons he was attracted to Paradise Church.
“When I hit my teenage years I started, um, going to youth group called Solid Rock at Paradise Church and it um, it really appealed to me because it was a very, it was sort of modern way of going to church.”
Maybe Guy’s new range of sleazy music videos are just a “modern way” of making Christian music. Or far more likely, he’s deliberately distancing himself from his Christian roots, without overtly saying as much, in an attempt to conquer the widest possible audience.
As mentioned, that’s no crime. But it is one almighty act of hypocrisy, on both Guy’s part, and on the part of his huge Christian fanbase, who have shrugged their collective shoulders and said “whatever”.
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