I’M NOT GONNA SIT IN SILENCE
JOHN Farnham has joined Jimmy Barnes in insisting Reclaim Australia stop using his songs at their race-fuelled rallies.
Farnham’s manager Glenn Wheatley said the use of You’re the Voice by Reclaim Australia was “disgusting”.
“John and I seriously oppose the use of John’s song at the rallies,” he said. “It in no way reflects our support in any way. There are other means to conduct protests. Just don’t use our song or Jimmy Barnes’s or Lee Kernaghan’s.”
Wheatley has successfully pulled videos from YouTube where You’re the Voice was used as a soundtrack for ISIS footage.
“The use was disgusting as it showed the decapitation of those poor souls who lost their lives,” Wheatley said. “It was absolutely sickening to see those images to the entire song of You’re the Voice.”
Country singer Kernaghan, whose song Spirit of the Anzacs was also heard at Reclaim Australia rallies at the weekend, was unavailable for comment.
Reclaim Australia has now reluctantly agreed to stop using Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh and other Barnes- sung songs at rallies.
The group even expressed sadness that the chart- topper had “mistaken” them for being racist, but some supporters are now calling for a boycott of Barnes.
“We are deeply saddened at the news of Jimmy Barnes asking us not to play his songs at our ral- lies,” the group wrote on Facebook after Barnes posted an open letter stating “none of these people represent me and I do not support them”.
Reclaim Australia told Barnes “you have mistakenly believed incorrect news reports that Reclaim Australia is a racist group. This is not true ... Inevitably at our rallies we unfortunately have some fanatics and we have tried our best to have them removed. We are and will continue to support you privately as you are an Aussie icon, however if it’s your wish, we will no longer play your songs at our rallies.”
Barnes’s son David Campbell tweeted his support for his father.
“I could not be more proud to be his son today,” he wrote.
Reclaim Australia’s Facebook page is now full of angry supporters lashing out at Barnes.
“Boycott Barnes,” wrote Liesel Finlayson. “He has no clue, like the rest of them just jumps to the conclusion that we are racists and bigots without even try- ing to understand what we are fighting for!!!”
Lyn Keehn wrote: “Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy, I hope your family’s future generations forgive your decision, whilst they are adjusting their Burkas to fit in to the atrocities that will occur under siege. Lost my vote. Jimmy Who !!!! Tsk tsk tsk.”
John Nancarrow wrote: “I’ve never had any time for Jimmy Barnes anyway. He’s got his eye on record sales and doesn’t want to get anyone off- side.”
But one person on the page read Barnes’s open letter and noted, “At no point did Jimmy call anyone racist. He said he supports tolerance, that is all. Well done guys for missing the point.”
Barnes’s letter read: “The Australia I belong to and love is a tolerant Australia. A place that is open and giving. It is a place that embraces all sorts of different people, in fact is made stronger by the diversity of its people.”
He declined to comment further on the issue.
FIRM STANCE: John Farnham ( left) has joined Jimmy Barnes ( above) in condemning the use of their songs by Reclaim Australia organisers.