Jerinx yesterday filed a complaint with the Bali Police for the alleged hack of his Instagram account, after it sporadically vanished from the platform this past week.
Indonesians who spend a considerable amount of time online — even if they don’t happen to follow the punk rocker — might have already heard about his “lost” account, as the controversial figure briefly trended on Twitter over the weekend. News of the 44-year-old going to the police over the matter, however, appears to have amused many netizens.
“Wow, these days losing a social media account warrants a police report,” one user wrote online.
“[He says] he’s punk, but goes on complaining to the police,” another commented, alluding to his role as a drummer of Superman Is Dead.
Jerinx, whose real name is I Gede Aryastina and is also known as JRX, claimed that the move was fruitful. He expressed appreciation for the Bali Police on an Instagram post not long after.
“Outstanding work — filed the report in the afternoon — an hour later my account is back, thank you,” Jerinx wrote on the caption, followed by a mention of the Bali Police’s account.
Jerinx was released from prison last month after having served his controversial conviction for hate speech. He was found guilty after accusing the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) of being “flunkeys” to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Instagram, which he claimed during trial was out of frustration that pregnant women had to undergo unreliable rapid tests for COVID-19 prior to delivery.
Throughout the pandemic, Jerinx has actively endorsed and shared conspiracy theories and misinformation related to the coronavirus, and recently accused Indonesian celebrities for being “endorsed” by COVID-19 when they share their diagnosis with their fans online.