The Presets apologise for attacking fans in heated Bali Nine debate
The Presets’ Kim Moyes has apologised to fans after a series of Facebook posts about the impending execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran by the Indonesian government “got a bit out of control.”
Shortly after news broke confirming that the Australian prisoners would be killed this week, The Presets posted a series of messages expressing their frustration and anger at the decision by the Indonesian government. They later told fans to “unfollow us, delete all our music and stop listening to us altogether” if they disagreed with the band’s views on the death penalty, calling them “bigots” and “total c*nt[s]”. Now Moyes has taken to Facebook to clarify their views and apologise for attacking their critics.
“I feel strongly about this issue but that’s still no excuse for getting personal … SORRY,” writes Moyes, before clearly laying out his views on the situation. Moyes stresses that he does not support drug trafficking, but says he “profoundly disagree[s]” with the death penalty. “I personally believe that State sanctioned killing almost never does any good and it often does great harm,” Moyes says. “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.” Read his full post below.
The Presets’ singer Julian Hamilton recently joined with other Australian musicians including Megan Washington, Josh Pyke, and Augie March frontman Glenn Richards at a candle-lit vigil for Chan and Sukumaran. The Mercy Campaign has also received support from The Temper Trap, Mumford and Sons and – most notably, as the president is a confirmed heavy metal fan – from Napalm Death vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway and Black Sabbath founder Tony Iommi.