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Ed Sheeran has had to come forward and clarify that his song, “Small Bump,” is about a miscarriage his friend experienced and was not intended to serve as pro-life rhetoric.
“Small Bump” was reportedly played by anti-abortion activists campaigning in Dublin, probably because the lyrics include the line, “cause you were just a small bump unborn for four months then torn from life,” and it explores the life the unborn baby could have had if it had been born.
@StuartCamp I wonder has Ed any comment to make about the plagiarism of his beautiful lyrics being twisted and used to promote abortion in Ireland via leaflets pushed on fans outside his concert last night? This is causing confusion!...A clear statement from him would be great. pic.twitter.com/WiWOmFAVPB— Ciara Sherlock (@sherlockciara) May 17, 2018
Sheeran distanced himself from the protesters, however, and commented in an Instagram post.
“I’ve been informed that my song ‘Small Bump’ is being used to promote the pro-life campaign,” Sheeran said, “and I feel it’s important to let you know I have not given approval for this use, and it does not reflect what the song is about.”
Ed Sheeran has denounced anti-abortion campaigners after they used one of his tracks. He's told his followers on Instagram that it does not reflect what the song 'Small Bump' is about. pic.twitter.com/mtsNY97MmP— Global's Newsroom (@GlobalsNewsroom) May 19, 2018
Fans and critics on Twitter had a mixed reaction to Sheeran’s comments. While some came to his defense and said the protesters should have sought his approval before using his song, others argued that Sheeran should have seen this coming.
Guys Ed Sheeran’s song Small Bump is about his friend that sadly lost her baby due to a miscarriage 5 months into her pregnancy, NOT because of an abortion. Do your research. I can’t believe that pro life are using his song without his permission... and it’s not even about that.— sophie // exams!! ♡ (@mercyydun) May 18, 2018
Small Bump is not about pro life or abortion rights. It is about losing a child to miscarriage. pic.twitter.com/J3BuOhAHe6— Aysha (@Aysha1001) May 19, 2018
Um, exscuse me, @edsheeran? You cannot write a song like "Small Bump" and then act shocked when the #ProLife movement uses it in campaigns. You ran that risk when you humanized baby humans. #votenotoabortion #savethe8th pic.twitter.com/yDQ12Sx8uN— Hazel (@RoseHazel12) May 18, 2018
"'Cause you were just a small bump unborn for four months then torn from life"— Hazel (@RoseHazel12) May 18, 2018
Pro-life people using Small Bump as their anthem is the most out-of-pocket thing I’ve heard all day— izz-E ✨ (@capricornlvst) May 18, 2018
Small bump is about a miscarriage at the 5th month of pregnancy. Nobody aborts at that point unless the mothers live is in danger or the child is already dead— Maybi (@Selenasdevotee) May 19, 2018
Ireland will vote on May 25 in a referendum whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment of its constitution, which bans abortion in almost all circumstances.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.