Sydney electro bros The Presets made headlines this week after band member Kim Moyes got into a heated argument with fans on Facebook on the subject of the Bali Nine.
In a series of increasingly aggravated posts and replies, he told people that, if they are supporters of the death penalty for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukuaran, he does not want them as Presets fans.
“If you agree with murder, lack compassion and openly display those views on our page then yes, you are a total cunt and can fuck off,” he told one fan.
Band mate Julian Hamilton was unaware of what had happened until his mum asked if their Facebook page had been hacked. Late yesterday, Moyes himself took to Facebook to try and explain his comments, and apologise to fans.
OK. Obviously that all got a bit out of control yesterday. I feel strongly about this issue but that’s still no excuse…
Posted by The Presets on Sunday, April 26, 2015
OK. Obviously that all got a bit out of control yesterday. I feel strongly about this issue but that’s still no excuse for getting personal … SORRY. After a long deep breath here’s what I was trying to say under all that emotion: I personally believe that no Government should have the right to take away somebody’s life. I personally believe that State sanctioned killing almost never does any good and it often does great harm. I therefore think it’s nearly always a bad idea. Of course other people have the right to disagree (respectfully) with me about that, and I have the right to disagree (respectfully) with them too. To avoid any more confusion, I’m not supporting drug trafficking. I’m not singling out Indonesia. I’m not saying crimes shouldn’t be punished and I’m not saying this case is unique. I’m also not saying that I’m any kind of expert. However, I am entitled to my point of view – same as everybody else – and in that respectful spirit, both my heart and my head profoundly disagree with State sanctioned killings such as these. KIM
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