Australian singer Guy Sebastian has recorded a song dedicated to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were executed in Indonesia on Wednesday morning.
The short clip features a chorus and slideshow with photos of the Bali Nine ringleaders, the Mercy Campaign and a selection of Sukumaran’s paintings.
“I just have had such a weight after seeing coverage of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’s families and their desperation and anguish,” the singer wrote on his Facebook page.
“As I began to read about the courage they had just before facing death it made me think of how much their light shone in this last chapter, & that it will continue to shine long after, especially for their families.”
Aware of how Chan and Sukumaran’s executions have divided the nation, Sebastian also asked people not to comment about whether or not they deserved the death penalty.
However the thread attracted a mix of comments with some people accusing the singer of “glorifying drug dealers” while others praised the singer for writing a “beautiful tribute”.
Sebastian acknowledged and responded to the negative comments.
“I respect peoples opinions, but theres a time and place,” he wrote.
“I just felt sad about how they went, and the images of their fate the family was left with, thats all. Just because I didn’t write an Anzac tribute doesn’t reflect what I give weight to.
“Just because I don’t sit here making slideshows for every tragic thing that happens in the world, doesn’t mean that there should be negativity drawn from this.”