Paul Watson, the controversial Canadian-American marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has launched a scathing attack on Faroese folk metal band Týr, which is currently on a North American tour.
Týr lead singer Heri Joensen on Saturday night was approached and insulted by a group of anti-whaling activists in Brooklyn, New York City. Apparently, Mr. Watson approves of the vitriolic taunts.
On Facebook, Mr. Watson points out (while referring to Local.fo – the premier provider of Faroese news in English) that: ”According to the local Faroese media, their whale killing ambassadors (Týr) were not made welcome and a large group of whale defenders made it perfectly clear in true Brooklyn fashion that the thugs from the Ferocious Isles were not welcome.”
Mr. Watson – who according to former Faroese right-wing politician Óli Breckmann does not care about people, let alone whales – also issued a stinging criticism of one of Týr´s songs. He wrote: ”Apparently, Tyr dedicated a song to me in Brooklyn. It was rambling we like to kill whales with juvenile lyrics and the absolute worst metal music. They posted their dedication and their lyrics. They sang their silliness in Faroese so the audience would be unaware of the meaning of the words.”
Finally, Mr. Watson turns to Heri Joensen and labels him as the not the sharpest tool in the box. He explains: ”I once debated their lead singer on Animal Planet. He was not the sharpest tool in the box but he was a tool. He just does not seem to understand that what is fun in the Faroes is sick throughout most of the rest of the world.
It’s alright to dress up as a Viking and scream out lyrics of death and destruction (If you’re into that weird sort of sadistic fantasy thing) but once the fantasy converts to reality and real blood flows as the screams of dying whales fill the air, well that crosses the line from civilized to barbaric altogether”, argues Mr. Watson, adding rather ominously that ”Tyr is creeping like a leaking septic tank across North America right now.”
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