Bali punk rock icon Jerinx chides trashy tourist behavior in Kuta, suggests filtering system

Jerinx, the outspoken drummer from Bali punk rock band, Superman is Dead. Photo: Facebook
Jerinx, the outspoken drummer from Bali punk rock band, Superman is Dead. Photo: Facebook

Jerinx, the tattoo-covered drummer-cum-activist from Bali punk rock band Superman is Dead, publicly criticized the anti-social behavior of Kuta tourists via his personal instagram account, tagging Governor Wayan Koster in the controversial post.

The photo, which was reposted by Jerinx from @telebali two days ago, shows a caucasian man blocking the road and holding up traffic, presumably in some kind of drunken stunt. In his lengthy caption, the drummer said that it’s this kind of delinquent behavior that’s putting ‘quality’ tourists off his neighborhood, Kuta.

“Fact: This kind of white supremacy mentality of tourists makes Kuta increasingly quiet. Quality tourists tend to avoid Kuta due to the behavior of the white trash,” reads part of the caption.

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Ayo tag @gubernur.bali @giri.prasta agar mereka jengah dan turun langsung ke lapangan! Fakta: Turis-turis bermental white supremacy macam ini membuat Kuta makin tahun makin sepi. Turis-turis berkualitas cenderung memilih menghindari Kuta akibat perilaku para white trash ini. Tahun 2013, bersama para ketua pemuda dari 11 banjar di Kuta, saya coba cari solusi atas isu ini; menemui beberapa pejabat hingga menemui Gubernur saat itu @mademangkupastika – yg ternyata hanya memanfaatkan kami/saya utk kepentingan kampanye nya; diundang ke Simakrama, dipaksa foto bareng, tanpa ijin foto tsb diexpose media seolah saya pro Mangku, tapi TAK SATU PUN permintaan kami sebagai warga Kuta dipenuhi. Jika @gubernur.bali @giri.prasta benar sayang Bali, ayo lekas susun sistem filterisasi turis yg masuk Bali. Mayoritas warga Bali pasti support 100% Perlu diketahui juga, banyak dari turis white supremacist ini membuka bisnis di Bali dengan taktik marketing yg rasis. Contoh paling simpel: membuka puluhan studio tato dgn penanda/stiker bertuliskan OWNED BY AUSSIE, sementara seluruh staff nya lokal. Buat apa coba kalau bukan utk merendahkan studio tato milik lokal? Saya sudah 3 tahun tidak bermain di bisnis tato, jadi contoh di atas tidak ada unsur kompetisinya. Murni karena saya sejak lama sudah MUAK dengan perilaku para PENJAJAH berkedok turis ini. Ini Bali. Ini tanah air kita, di sini kita bukan turis. Tapi lama-lama kok orang Bali seperti dipaksa merasa terasing di rumahnya sendiri. Repost @tele.bali Kebiasan buruk bule-bule di Bali yg merasa dirinya superior. Padahal biasanya model seperti ini di negara mereka, levelnya poor class. Sejak bebas visa, Bali makin dibanjiri turis2 reject dan berkelakuan norak Selamat pagi teletabis. Kalo liat turis kayak gini lagi jangan ditolerir ya. Ingetin dia kalo kelakuannya itu katrok. Bila perlu, setset butuhne. Paham sat?! #TeleBali #SatTLBL #tele.bali

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It’s true the Kuta has a bit of a reputation for attracting rowdy tourists and Australian high school graduates on “schoolies,” and it’s no wonder with the affordable accommodation options and late-night bars selling cheap booze. Coconuts Bali has reported on a number of incidents involving loutish foreigners, including a street-side smackdown between two shirtless muscle men, and an allegedly ‘shroomed-up woman wandering zombie-like into the Kuta traffic.

According to Jerinx, the problem started in recent years after the government allowed tourists from a number of countries, including Australia, to enter Indonesia without having to pay for a visa.

“Since it’s been visa-free, Bali has been flooded with rejects and tacky behavior,” he wrote. “If you see tourists like this, don’t tolerate this. Remind him if his behavior is causing a mess,” he writes.

Foreign business owners in Bali also come under fire, with the impassioned rocker accusing them of racist marketing tactics.

“Please also note, many of these white supremacist tourists open businesses in Bali with racist marketing tactics. The simplest example: opening dozens of tattoo studios with a marker/sticker that says “OWNED BY AUSSIE,” while all staff are local. Why try if it’s not to demean a locally owned tattoo studio?” he writes.

Jerinx appealed to Governor Wayan Koster and Giri Prasta, the Regent of Badung, to do something to improve the situation.

“If@gubernur.bali @giri.prasta really loves Bali, let’s quickly arrange a filtering system for tourists entering Bali.”

Exactly what kind of filtering system he meant, or how it would be implemented, was not explained in the post.

Jerinx is part of Kuta-based punk rock icons Superman is Dead, an award-winning three-man band that has taken their music on tours to Australia and the US as well as throughout Indonesia.

He’s known as a controversial figure, and is one of Bali’s most openly opinionated musicians. Together with his bandmates, he has campaigned tirelessly against the Benoa Bay reclamation project, appealing personally to President Jokowi, and rallying fans for the cause.

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