Growing up, I was introduced to a very diverse pool of music. As I remember, Sade was playing when I first kissed a girl in grade school; “Lithium” was the very first song I learned to play on guitar in middle school; and I used to stupidly waving gang signs and wear baggy clothes while blasting Tupac in my beat-up blue Ford focus before graduating high school. I can go on to college, but I’ll just be rumbling. Nevertheless, having been introduced to a variety of music, I have a deep appreciation for all sorts of music. Yes there are few artists I simply love to hate, but not to the extent that I would publicly defame them given the chance to write with FRANK151. However, the Australian police—given with their time and resources—seem to do so after they released a wanted poster of Nickelback for committing crimes against music.
The authorities in the land down under are at it again. After threatening Johnny Depp 10 years jail time for illegally bringing his dogs in Australia, they are now accusing Nickelback of committing “musical crimes” after the band performed at the Brisbane Entertainment Center. The Queensland Police Service has released a mock-up wanted poster of the band on their Facebook page, with captions, “Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians around Boondall this evening.” Moreover, the QPS added more salt on an open wound by advising the townsfolk to, “Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred.” But then again, it’s not the first time the local police have done this. They have posted similar messages on their social media, such as the time when One Direction were in town for a gig. With plenty of time in their disposal, a spokesperson for the officials said, “When there is nothing happening, we try to post things that are interesting and fun so that we can get more people engaged with us.”
The crime rate in Australia must be very low, since they have an ample amount of time, leaving our friends in the blue uniform down under trolling the Internet. Shouldn’t they focus more on public service announcements that would raise awareness of the dangers and trouble in the community, rather than wasting precious time and resources publicly shaming artists they believe unworthy? I mean come on, I’m pretty sure a more heinous act has happened somewhere in Australia at the time they gloatingly made the wanted poster. It leaves you wondering whether they’re doing this out of authoritative power trip or sheer boredom. Front-man singer Chad Kroeger admitted that if it weren’t for the haters, the band would be no more, and just laughed off during an interview when a man launched a Kickstarter campaign to ban Nickelback from performing in London. At least the dude with the—not sure if he’s blonde or dark haired with highlights—whatever his hair color is, staying productively positive. Leave the trolling job to the great netizens. If I live in Australia, it would be more reassuring if the police are making the place I live in safe, not trolling around social media. Also, I’d like to know that the money I am forced to give the city is put into good use, not wasted on some meme to gain popularity.