Rapper Seth Sentry says he received three death threats while banning around 50 fans from his Facebook page overnight, in what he describes as a “purging” of his fan base.
Yesterday, Seth posted a Facebook status reacting to some of the comments which have be directed at Indigenous Australian musicians, including the likes of Briggs and Thelma Plum, who spoke up about two Victorian men who were photographed in elaborate blackface costumes at what was allegedly an “Aussie Icon”-themed party.
Posting to Facebook, Seth said, “Excuse my tardiness on the issue, but if you genuinely think that dressing up in ‘black face’ is just a bit of harmless fun, you need to pull your head out. What world are you living in where that is okay. It’s not. I can’t believe people are actually defending these morons, like what the fuck?
“Some of the comments I read today being directed towards the indigenous musicians who spoke out & rightfully shamed these morons made me sick to my stomach. I will be reading these comments, let the purge begin.”
As the purge began, comments on Seth’s post ranged from Facebook users telling him to chill out and “have a cone” to others who attempted to defend blackface or compare the situation to the movie White Chicks. Catch a selection of the Facebook comments with Seth’s replies in the gallery below.
Since kicking his Facebook “purging”, Seth has been commended by local hip hop outfit Hilltop Hoods (among others), and in the below tweet he describes what it was like to ban so many of his own fans.
@hilltophoods pretty full on. 50 bans & 3 death threats.
— Seth Sentry (@sethsentry) February 2, 2016
Since photos of the two Victorian men in blackface have spread through social media, acts like The Funkoars, Hilltop Hoods and Urthboy have voiced their support for Briggs, who has copped abuse online after speaking out about the two men, who he called “dumb, redneck scumbags”.
Here’s how Briggs describes what the past few days have been like in the land of Facebook:
This is me on FB pic.twitter.com/yjLvtfg0d5
— BRIGGS AKA BIG SIGH (@BriggsGE) February 3, 2016
Screenshots from Seth Sentry’s Facebook “purging” are available in the gallery below.
Gallery: Seth Sentry’s Facebook “Purging”