Sydney electro duo The Presets have apologised for “getting personal” in their emotional comments to fans yesterday, but have reiterated their stance against against the impending execution of convicted Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
“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,” wrote The Presets’ Kim in a Facebook post today.
The comments in question began in the early hours of Sunday morning, when the band took to Facebook to share with fans their passionate views against the executions, labelling them “state-sanctioned murder”.
The comment divided fans, with the band, presumably Kim, later writing, “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. I don’t care if that offends, if you truly have delicate sensibilities then surely you are not a passive murderer.”
Today, Kim clarified his opinion, writing definitively that, “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.”
“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,” he added. “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.”
On Saturday, Indonesian authorities gave Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran a 72 hour formal notification of their pending executions. Read The Presets’ statement below.
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