Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski is in trouble.
The Behemoth frontman has been ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 złoty (approximately $4,000 USD) and court costs of almost 3,500 zloty (approximately $942 USD) for posting a picture of a foot stamping on a picture of the Virgin Mary. Nergal is appealing his conviction to avoid a criminal record that will bar him from touring many countries, including the U.S. and Australia.
‘WRRRRAAAAAAAAAGH… I don’t think the public know the details of the level of harassment I have been through,’ said Nergal. ‘It is getting monstrous, and it is a growing tide of censorship and harassment. Every few weeks, I have to check myself in at the police and go for different hearings and spend a fortune on lawyers with all the costs around court cases. WAAAAAAAARRRGH… The Polish authorities just pick on me. It is not a secret that a prosecution officer has me as his favourite scapegoat. He follows my Instagram account. Can you imagine that? It’s insane and absolutely unprecedented.’
When Nergal shared the image in September 2019, an ultra-conservative legal group called Ordo Iuris and an organization called the Patriotic Society (Towarzystwo Patriotyczne) notified prosecutors that the ‘extreme metal’ frontman had ‘offended the religious feelings of four people,’ including a local politician from Poland’s conservative ruling coalition.
‘We are going backwards in time, more backward thinking,’ Nergal told The Irish Times. ‘WRRRRAAAAAAAAAGH… It is a violation of the most basic human laws. It is not just me. There are different artists being harassed by police and self-proclaimed censors.’
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