Australian singer songwriter Xavier Rudd at Bluesfest 2015.
Australian singer songwriter Xavier Rudd at Bluesfest 2015. Lyn McCarthy

Fans cluck and chuck Rudd for KFC ad

HE'S normally known for his support against animal cruelty and even being voted Australia's sexiest vegetarian back in 2008, but local singer/song-writer Xavier Rudd seems to have discovered how quickly the fans can turn on him.

One of his signature tunes 'Let Me Be' from the 2004 album Solace has been in a commercial for KFC and his fans on social media are not happy.

The infamous KFC ad

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A week ago, Rudd confirmed via social media that he underwent a surgical procedure for a disc replacement and fusion surgery in my lower back.

"There was a lot of talk and questions flying around about why the latest American tour was cut short and this is why," he said in a post on his Instagram account accompanied by an image of Rudd in hospital.

"Truth is, I had chronic pain and was on a lot of heavy pain killers right through the whole tour with the United Nations this year," he added.

I'm through.... Disk replacement and fusion surgery in my lower back. There was a lot of talk and questions flying around about why the latest American tour was cut short and this is why. Truth is I had chronic pain and was on a lot of heavy pain killers right through the whole tour with the UNited nations this year. It was absolutely challenging to get through but also quite an enlightening experience. It's interesting what spirit throws us on our journeys and the true test is how we receive it. I've come to learn that the toughest tests bring the most wisdom and strength or proppa law. To be in a place of pain and sing for the plight of ancestors past and acknowledge their struggles and pains through time felt respectful to me, it was what I was meant to feel as I called in mob from different stories around the globe. It meant that my calls were heard and it brought a special presence and energy to the whole Nanna tour. As I lie here I want to thank all of you who were with me through this time, these shows were very special celebrations and I am so grateful for my part in them. To the band @bobby_alu @el.f.ant @_uncle_tio_ @aliciamellor_official @lingjacki @krisna_lane @kooii_official @jamieleenichols you have been such a supportive family and I respect you all with a big full heart and to all those who came to share this experience with us I give thanks🙏🏾 #blessed #onepeople #soldieron #respectcreation #respectitsmagic

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Despite no direct reply from the artist after a number of comments on his Instagram account, where he has more than 77,000 followers, about the KFC ad yesterday the singer posted the following:

"(…) so blessed to live in a community where life is still rootsy, where locally grown food is the norm for kids and where sustainability is completely engrained into culture, artists and craftspeople are producing and community is supporting and life goes round with country respected".

"Spreading this knowledge is medicine for the planet and so we go and go and go and go getting there slowly, doin (sic) what we can when we can." 

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