Oli Sykes Comments On Conviction Of Ian Watkins, Calls Other Members of Lostprophets “The Biggest Victims”

Oli Sykes

Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon has taken to Twitter to offer his take on Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins’ recent conviction for child sex offenses. While he expresses sympathy to Watkins’ victims, Oli goes on to say that the other members of the now broken-up Lostprophets “are in some ways the biggest victims of this nightmare.”

Oli offers some points about how Watkins’ actions have tarnished the name of Lostprophets forever and how it will be difficult for the other members of the band to continue a love for music and art, but I think it’s a bit short-sighted to call them “the biggest victims” of Watkins’ disgusting actions. You can read the full tweet from Sykes, via TwitLonger, below. Let us know what you think of Oli’s comments in the replies.

So Watkins was sentenced & justice was served, wether you think it was too short a stretch or not. My heart goes out to all the victims effected, but I would like you all to consider the impact and destruction watkins has inflicted on his band, and see how them themselves are in some ways the biggest victims of this nightmare. He destroyed the legacy of Lost Prophets (which were my favourite band ever back in the day) -when your band ends you want to be able to look back at all the good times, listen to the songs you made, reminisce, but that is no longer an option. He has made it extremely difficult for them to continue their love of music and art without people treating them differently because of one mans actions. What ever they choose to do in the future we should support them 110% and not let one nonces life ruin 5 good peoples lives. Which brings me to Richard J Oliver’s Incredible art. He recently asked to paint a picture influenced by me, which is awesome, and he is a truly gifted artist. go add him on twitter- @RJOliverfineart and check out his work. and check out the painting he did influenced from a picture of me! (ABOVE THIS TWEET) rad!

-Oliver Sykes (@olobersyko)
19th December 2013 from TwitLonger

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  • Andrew James

    Oli, whoever you are, go back to school and learn how to spell and punctuate properly and following this, kindly refrain from using a very serious affair in order to promote yourself, as inspiration behind a painting.

  • Andrew James

    Oli should learn 1) you’re just another singer in a silly emo boy band, don’t get big on yourself 2) There are far more serious and important things than the music of another silly emo boy band and your emo boy band friends, i.e. ‘my heart goes out to the victims’ platitude – not sufficient as a pre-amble to what is obviously your own agenda 3) set an example to your fans and learn to spell and punctuate properly, remember you’re just another singer in a silly emo boy band.

  • XBlueCollarHardcoreX

    The “biggest victims”? Aside what everyone else has already commented, he is just plain wrong.

  • Russell Thompson

    Typical narcissistic myopia from a representative of the age of mediocrity we find ourselves in musically, it seems enough these days just to cover yourself in tattoos, learn a few power chords and be able to squeeze into tighter jeans than your girlfriend to be classed as an ‘artiste’ – video killed the radio star – and it’s not a good thing..