Barnes Slams Anti-Islamic Groups For Using His Songs
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Jimmy Barnes has told fans he does not support "certain groups" using his songs at their rallies, following reports that Anti-Islamic group Reclaim Australia played Khe Sanh during protests on the weekend.
The Cold Chisel frontman said in a Facebook post, "None of these people represent me and I do not support them."
"I only want to say 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 it is made stronger by the diversity of its people," he said.
Barnes was born in Scotland and moved to Australia at age four. His wife, Jane Mahoney, grew up in Thailand.
"If you look at my family you can see we are a multicultural family. Australia needs to stand up for Love and Tolerance in these modern times," Barnes wrote.
Reclaim Australia has responded to the singer's comments, saying they're "deeply saddened" at his request to stop using his songs.
"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 & we have tried our best to have them removed," a post of the Reclaim Australia Facebook page reads.
"We are & 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," it adds.
Several Reclaim Australia rallies were held around the country over the weekend.
In Melbourne, police were called after clashes between anti-racism protesters and nationalists.