The Presets are furious about the Bali nine executions
UPDATE: Kim from The Presets has taken to Facebook to clarify his comments over the weekend – see below for the full post.
Sydney’s beloved electro lords The Presets have unleashed a storm of fury upon Facebook about the impending executions in Indonesia of ‘Bali nine’ drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. “If you believe in state sanctioned murder, are against compassion and think you are above making mistakes,” the pair posted over the weekend, “please… unfollow us, delete all our music and stop listening to us altogether. peace.”
The comments have split The Presets fan-base down the middle, with thousand showing their support but other fans criticising the pair: and The Presets haven’t been afraid to hit back at critics. “COMPASSIONATE PEOPLE ARE WAY MORE INTERESTING,” the pair wrote (in ALL CAPS fury). “Just like the compassion those two idiots had when they threatened people to become their drug mules,” replied one fan, “how many more people would they have threatened into doing this? Maybe one of YOUR family members?”
“Maybe?” The Presets responded. “Well there are a lot of maybes that you don’t know or can control, but trust me, when you fuck up and make a total dickhead out of yourself, I won’t kill you over it.”
“WE HAVE A SERIOUS SITUATION CONCERNING STATE SANCTIONED MURDER OF CONVICTED DRUG TRAFFICKERS IN INDONESIA AND PRESETS FANS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AND UNFORTUNATELY THE BIGOTS COME OUT,” they posted an hour later. “DEBATE IS GREAT IF YOU’RE NOT A TOTAL DICKHEAD. PLEASE BRING SOME SMARTS.”
“How come we get told to ‘bring some smarts’ but the Presets get to respond to fan comments with ‘fuck off’ or calling people c*nts,” asked another fan. “You say something dumb or off topic then be ready to get ripped. Game on,” The Presets replied. “If you agree with murder, lack compassion and openly display those views on our page then yes, you are a total c*nt and can fuck off.”
Fans of The Presets shouldn’t be surprised that the duo has strong convictions about social justice: as the pair pointed out on Facebook, their 2008 mega-hit My People was an indictment of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers disguised as a festival anthem. The Presets’ singer Julian Hamilton also 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. Scroll down to read The Presets posts, and follow the full debate over at their Facebook page.