Xavier Rudd fans in uproar over KFC ad
Angry fans want to know why, Victorian musician and long standing animal rights advocate, Xavier Rudd’s hit song “Let Me Be Free” is the backing track for KFC’s new advertisement.
Angry fans of Australian musician and vaunted vegetarian Xavier Rudd want to know why the animal rights activist has allowed one of his songs to feature in a new KFC advertisement.
Rudd’s hit song Let Me Be is the backing track for the fast-food chicken chain’s new video ad promoting the ‘Home Cricket Ground’ range.
The tacit support for the factory-farmed chicken giant has perplexed Rudd fans, whose long standing animal rights advocacy saw him voted Australia’s Sexiest Vegetarian by PETA in 2008.
Celebrated vegetarian Xavier Rudd is under fire over his hit song appearing in a KFC ad.
The musician’s Facebook page and Instagram posts have been hijacked by users venting their frustrations in comments ranging in sentiment from confusion to outrage.
“Really wish you could let the fans know what’s going on in regards to your music being used for something myself and I’m sure many others thought you’d be dead against. Just feels like such a let down right now,” Laura Paige Miller posted on Facebook.
“Why are you supporting Kentucky fried cruelty? Thought you were an animal protector… you have lost my faith in you and probably many others … Care to explain why?” posted Michelle Jones.
Rudd was also honoured in 2009 with the Sea Shepherd ‘Rock the Boat’ award, recognising his long-term support for the anti-whaling activists.
“So when do we get a statement as to why your music is used on a fast food chain’s advertisement? A little disappointing…….” another fan posted to Facebook.
Others supported the perceived alliance.
“I love KFC to mate. Screw the haters and a zinger up ya,’ posted Duncan Ritchie.
Rudd’s management and KFC have been contacted for comment.