Remember back in June this year when disgraced former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis somehow gained access to the band’s official Facebook page in prison and posted a Happy Father’s Day message to all his fans? Yeah, same here, and it was a right laugh. Not quite as funny as when he tried to sue a Californian medical team who were responsible for his treatment in prison, claiming their negligence led to him growing a set of tits and demanded $35 million for the trouble. In short, laughing at people who are in prison is wildly funny, and my friends and I often make a day out of heading on down to our local penitentiary to have a hearty chuckle at the weak-willed sad men in jumpsuits, trudging around the exercise yard holding little hope for the future. Hilarious.
What’s not quite as funny, however, is when convicted pedophile and former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins pulls the same sneaky trick, somehow gaining access to social media — in this case Twitter — to advise fans of his new and upcoming musical project, L’AMOUR LA MORGUE.
— ian watkins (@ian_watkins) November 21, 2016
For the fortunately unfamiliar, Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 after multiple counts of sexual offences with a minor, including a one-year-old girl, with one prosecutor describing Watkins as “potentially the most dangerous sex offender” they had ever seen.
It appears that not only are you allowed access to social media while in prison, you can also apparently gain access to recording equipment to smash out a jaunty EP, even when serving a near-life sentence for raping kids. Right on. It’s unclear at this stage if Watkins and Lambesis will team up for an prison internet-band, but only time will tell.
While this is undoubtedly horrible, particularly for the people affected by Watkin’s crimes, it has at least given me a newfound appreciation for Tim Lambesis. I feel I may have been far too hard on him in the past him for trying — and failing — to kill his wife. In the grand scheme of things, trying to knock of your misso really isn’t all that bad compared to raping babies, and for that I would like to make an official apology. Tim, I’m sorry. You’re alright, comparatively.
Alarmingly, this also showcases the complete clusterfuck Twitter has transformed into. A social media platform that incessantly bangs on about creating a safe environment for all users — banning conservative political commentators in the process — only to allow someone literally convicted of fucking kids to reign free. Go Dversity!