The Jakarta Post
Musicians have expressed disappointment over the draft bill. (Shutterstock/Barna Tanko)
The House of Representatives’ recent draft bill on music has sparked controversy, with a heated exchange erupting on social media between musician Jerinx from Bali-based punk-rock band Superman is Dead (SID) and the singer and wife of Anang Hermansyah, Ashanty.
Singer-songwriter Anang serves as a legislator from House Commission X, which deals with education, youth affairs, sports, tourism, art and culture.
The Superman is Dead drummer submitted on Friday a lengthy opinion post on his Instagram account, which has 566,000 followers, saying that, as a musician, the bill “raped his rights of expression and will eventually destroy them”.
“Kampungan [underclass] is the perfect word to describe those who came up with the idea for this bill,” Jerinx stated. “It will serve as some kind of filter that shows those who are the real musicians and those who are businesspeople who happen to play music.”
He then encouraged “all musicians, whatever their genre and cultural background, to unite against the bill”.
RUU Musik: Hipokrisi Hakiki atau Teror Korporasi? RUU ini sangat menyebalkan tapi agak menarik. Hal pertama yg muncul di pikiran saya adalah kaos band-band metal yg selama ini dipakai oleh Presiden Jokowi. Sejak lama beliau seringkali promote band-band yg jelas ada di kategori dilarang oleh RUU sialan ini. Hipokrisi tingkat tinggi karena mustahil Jokowi tidak tahu ttg RUU ini sebelum disosialisasikan. Atau, memang ada pembusukan dari dalam tubuh kabinet Jokowi sendiri. Hal ini, menarik bagi saya. Hal kedua, sebagai musisi, tentu saya merasa hak berkesenian saya sedang diperkosa dan akan dibinasakan. Ini negara kok tiba-tiba mencoba jadi lebih brengsek dari major label? Bahkan major label yg pernah kami ajak kerja sama gak gini amat noraknya, mereka masih membuka ruang negosiasi yg luas tuk raih win-win solution. Kampungan adalah kata yg tepat bagi siapapun yg punya ide melahirkan RUU ini. Hal ketiga, sudut pandang saya sebagai orang Bali, tentu otomatis otak saya mencoba menggabungkan dots yg ada dan mengaitkan RUU ini dengan gerakan Bali Tolak Reklamasi. Kenapa? Karena salah satu faktor kuat perekat gerakan ini hingga bertahan selama 5 tahun lebih adalah musik. Lagu Bali Tolak Reklamasi sudah jadi semacam lagu wajib orang Bali, dan daya pukul lagu ini tidak bisa dilawan karena tidak akan mungkin akan ada musisi yg cukup tolol utk membuat lagu Bali Dukung Reklamasi. Nah, bisa saja, berkaca dari kasus BTR, pusat (atas pesanan korporat) merasa harus mengeluarkan RUU ini utk meredam resistensi akar rumput di daerah-daerah lain yg sedang dijajah korporat. Karena melawan dengan musik sudah pasti kalah, ya sekalian saja bikin RUU yg melarang lahirnya lagu-lagu perlawanan semacam BTR Selain semua hal negatif di atas, tentu ada hal positif dari RUU ini, ia akan menjadi semacam filter yg membuka topeng siapakah musisi sesungguhnya, dan siapa pebisnis yg kebetulan main musik. Saran dari saya: semua musisi, apapun genre dan latar belakang budayamu harus kompak melawan RUU ini. Lengkapnya klik link di bio saya. #RUUpermusikan
One of the draft’s provisions regarded as “ridiculous” by many musicians is Article 5, which states, “When creating, it is prohibited […] to include negative influences from foreign cultures or those that demean human dignity.” Meanwhile Article 50 states that anyone who is found to have "included negative influences from foreign cultures or those that demean human dignity, as stated in Article 5, may face imprisonment or a fine”.
A day later, Jerinx posted on the platform a screenshot of a recent article that features a photo of Anang performing on stage alongside the text, “Anang Hermansyah claims some musicians approve the bill on music”.
He captioned the post, “A fake musician who acted as a politician will eventually reveal his true color; disgusting. Other than Rhoma Irama, who else agrees with Nang @ananghijau?”. In addition to mentioning Anang’s Instagram account, which has 1.2 million followers, he also used the hashtags #RUUkampungan (underclass bill) and #AnangPayah (Anang is lame).
Following his statement, netizens chimed in on the issue, with some expressing support for him and others criticizing him. Responding to a netizen’s comment that Jerinx should just meet with Anang instead of venting on social media, the drummer said he was ready to “knock down Anang’s conventional arguments” face-to-face.
Anang did not post any response on social media. However, his wife did.
To her 16.7 million Instagram followers, Ashanty, whose previous posts mostly involved product promotions and family photos, published a long reply captioned, “Read the entire note and hope you understand!!!! @jrxsid”.
In the reply, Ashanty said she was disappointed that a great musician like Jerinx, whose songs were liked by her son, would write such a rude statement. “My husband probably won’t say anything since he’s focusing on fighting for the bill on music during the end of his tenure. However, our family won’t stay silent. [...] Perhaps I’m somebody who is not adept in music. However, my husband’s fight in the House is not [for money for us to buy] food. Anang has long been antipolitics, [but he decided to] join the House anyway. [...] He joined the House for one thing only, to fight for the bill on music.”
In the same reply, she said the bill aimed to help musicians whose songs and works were used without them being given royalties and that discussions on the bill at the House always involved other musicians. “As a wife, I have an obligation to set the matter straight since you’ve been outrageous and talk with zero data,” she added.
Ashanty followed the post with a screenshot of a tirto.id article titled, “The request of a bill on music comes from Anang Hermansyah”.
“Please read it thoroughly, as the point is this bill was proposed and fought by my husband as a House member who is also musician, as well as other musician friends outside the legislation. As far as I know, Anang has also criticized some of the articles, hence why the bill has not been passed into law, as it’s still a draft.”
She added that, since Anang would soon return to the music scene after his tenure as legislator ends, it was not reasonable to think that he would support the existence of a burdensome bill on music. “Don’t trigger negative thoughts due to current political differences. Learn to think positively,” Ashanty added.
Baca slide nya sampai selesai ya biar paham!!! Coba dibaca dengan baik yaa, jadi inti nya RUU ini diusulkan dan diperjuangkan oleh suami saya sebagai anggota DPR yg juga seorang musisi, juga teman2 musisi yg ada diluar legislatif!! Tapi yg rancang yahh ada badan nya sendiri.. dan setau saya anang pun ada mengkritisi beberapa pasal nya makanya belum di SAH kan.. makanya namanya ‘RANCANGAN’ .. belum jadi aja udah banyak yg berantem sesama musisi, bukan nya harusnya ikut andil diskusi dan berdialog yaa.. bukan malah terpecah, yg ada legislatif nya jadi bingung.. jangan berpikiran sempit dan udah ngga suka dulu kl kita belum tau yg sebenarnya, emang dipikir mudah yaa!! Tahunan loh ini diperjuangkan baru berhasil di prolegnas prioritas sekarang!! Harus nya kita bangga.. Lagian suami sy tinggal itungan sesaat udh ngga melanjutkan di DPR, dan kembali mau jadi musisi, ya kali dia mau ada RUU musik yg memberatkan atau menyudutkan musisi.. jangan sampe karena perbedaan politik saat ini jadi memicu pikiran negatif.. intinya pasti ada nya RUU musik yg semua musisi perjuangkan ini untuk kebaikan semua.. belajar lah berpikiran positif😍 dan sy bangga suami sy ngga meneruskan DPR tapi ada hasilnya dan semoga bisa cepat di SAH kan😍 biar yg bilang anang kerja nya apa paling tidak bisa paham..
Following Ashanty’s response, Jerinx mocked Anang as “a people’s representative who has to be represented”, saying he let his wife speak on behalf of him. “[They] claimed you ‘fought for SID’ when we were being intimidated for protesting the Benoa Bay reclamation, but now you created a bill on music so that musicians can no longer create protest songs. Are you smart or what?” he said in a post on Instagram that was attached with a short video of a person dressed in a pig costume being undressed by a woman.
Hebat kau nang @ananghijau. Wakil rakyat yg harus diwakili. Istrimu @ashanty_ash dan manajermu @harismaulanaakbar yg harus nangis buka suara membelamu. Pakai bawa-bawa jika kamu pernah "bela SID“ saat kami diintimidasi karena protes thd reklamasi Teluk Benoa. Sadar gak kau RUU cupu mu itu akan membuat musisi indonesia gak bisa lagi bikin lagu protes? Pinter atau gimana sih kau nang? #RUUkampungan #AnangPayah #RUUpermusikan
In his subsequent posts, Jerinx claimed that Anang refused to face him in a live debate arranged by Elshinta Radio and said, according to news reports, they were planning to report him to the police.
Ashanty told kompas.com on Saturday that she had yet to decide whether she would take action against Jerinx.
“Many told me that what he said had violated the Electronic Information and Transactions [ITE] Law. But, again, I’m tired of responding to these things. If I reported him, he would have probably just challenged me again,” she said.
In a statement released on Friday as quoted by kompas.com, Anang said that “the issue of freedom of expression should be based on Article 28J/2 of the 1945 Constitution, [which states] that such freedom is limited by law by considering the values of morality, religion, security and public order within the frame of a democratic country.”
“It does seem absurd to measure the works of artists and musicians though competency tests and certification. However, globalization and free trade require such a situation. All of this has to be discussed in more detail,” he added. (kes)
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