There is no question about it, what Ian Watkins the lead singer of Lost Prophets did was vile. He mercilessly used his fame to pray on underage fans, to brainwash those with children to allow him to use them alongside their Mother’s for sex. It is without a doubt that he deserves to be punished in the most severe way possible. How he should pay is a long and ethical debate in itself. However the issue I’d like to draw attention to is that there is enough suffering taking place due to Watkins inhuman actions without the world victimising the rest of the band.
The band have made various statements throughout the case and now that Ian has admitted guilt they have expressed shock, anger and sorrow.
The victims left behind by Ian Watkins’ tirade is endless. My heart is not only heavy for his physical victims but for his fans and band. I myself grew up listening to LostProphets they provided me with comfort through my tough teenage transition and Liberation Transmission is by far one of my best albums I have ever heard. I’m sure other fans, like I, feel betrayed by someone they idolised. However for me none of what Ian Watkins did calls to question the brilliance of the band’s work. Nothing can undo their creation for me but it saddens me that it does others.
It is also equally disheartening that companies such as HMV have cancelled the sale of all albums by LostProphets. This does not seem in the slightest bit fair to me as Ian Watkins is not a solo performer.
The band gave fifteen years of hard work and dedication only for their reputation to be destroyed by their own. It would have been more sensible that it be ruled that all future sales of the song should deduct the lead Singer’s share and be forwarded to a charity or organisation to support victims of sexual abuse.
Purchasing LostProphet’s music or indeed continuing to listen to them is not in any way condoling Ian’s actions. It merely shows the understanding that it was a collective production. One man’s discrepancies should not define the course of another’s punishment. He has already ruined enough lives without adding to more. The other band members are guilty of nothing and as a result should not be punished. Their reputation as Musicians themselves should not be called into question here, they worked hard for many years and deserved their fame and have every right to continue to earn a living from their past dedication. Preventing sales effects their livelihoods, their futures will always be tainted by this tragedy and actions such as this Radio channels refusing to play their Music victimises not Ian, as he is apprehended in jail, but his band members whose reputation are now tarnished. It is like the public are forcing the rest of LostProphets to serve a jail sentence themselves but one in the public eye.
Leonardo Di Caprio’s moment to say, ‘Paint me like one of your French ladies.’