Get Up! skewers Rinehart over Ferguson lawsuit

It might sound like Adele but it’s not probably not the Adele you were expecting.

Activist group Get Up has posted a YouTube video in which they rework well known singer Adele’s song ‘Someone like you’ and instead fronts the video with the face of Fairfax business journalist Adele Ferguson.

The video called “Someone (Else) To Sue” chastises mining magnate Gina Rinehart over her attempts to force journalist Adele Ferguson into revealing her sources by suing her in court.

The song, which highlights how Rinehart is also a major shareholder in Ferguson’s employer Fairfax, includes the chorus lyrics: “Bugger off and find someone else to sue. I was just doing what a journo is meant to do. My source will always be protected, as they always expected. Sometimes it works to sue but sometimes you comes undone.”

Mumbrella understands that Ferguson had no involvement in the video and was made aware of it only after it was posted by Get Up!.

“Our members are very concerned about this issue and we think it’s particularly extraordinary that the person who is trying to force a journalist to reveal her source is also a major shareholder in the media organisation which employs her,” said Rohan Wenn, a spokesman for Get Up!.

The ad was created in-house by Get Up! who hired a local singer from Melbourne to perform the song with lyrics which were written by staff at the activist organisation.

Get Up! are now looking at options to pay for the video to be broadcast on television. “We are discussing internally funding a campaign to push the campaign out further,” said Wenn.

Nic Christensen

Full lyrics:

I heard that you are my boss
You bought into my paper
And you made a loss
I heard that your nightmare came true
When you found out I was writing about you
Oh Gina, why are you so shy?
Fighting with your kids
Tryin’ to keep things from the light
Your subpoena turned up out of the blue, uninvited
I could be locked away if I don’t fight it
Can’t believe for attack my profession
Because I wouldn’t roll over
Bugger off, find someone else to sue
I was just doing what a journo’s meant to do
My source will be protected
It’s what they always expected
Sometimes it works to sue, but sometimes you come undone
Call off your lawyers Gina, and pick up the phone to your son.

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