The Prodigy’s Keith Flint has received an ominous “warning” in a video purportedly made by the hacker group Anonymous.
The frontman of the self-styled electronic punk outfit caught the attention of activists when the Daily Mail published a report which claimed he “has embarked on a new life as a country gent and been spotted riding out with his local hunt.”
The performer has since made efforts to clear his name by insisting no fox was harmed in his one and only hunt. Anonymous, however, isn’t impressed with his new choice of hobby.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, a masked figure calls Flint a “traitorous f—wit” for the u-turn on his act’s anti-establishment streak, and warns he has 12 months to clean up his act.
“It has come to our attention that Keith has a fetish for murdering animals. It has come to our attention that Keith, has been rubbing shoulders with Tory criminals, whilst out fox hunting,” the message begins.
“We once had a great deal of respect for you, we admired your art, your rage and your vision and your haircut, but now,” the video continues, “Anonymous have targeted you with the message because you disgrace what we stand for.”
The narrator adds, “Some of the tribal chants that were used in the music made by the Prodigy were ancient chants used by spiral tribes to create harmony among all living creatures. The tribes gave the Prodigy permission to use these chant for free, and this is how Keith repays them, by killing animals for sport.”
In a chilling final message, the masked man warns: “You still have a chance to change your ways Keith. One year should do it.”
Flint has since issued a message on his band’s Facebook page in which he writes, “In regards to a story going around about me right now – yes I live in essex and have a couple of horses. I went riding with the local trail hunt, it was a ride out and NO ANIMALS WERE HUNTED OR KILLED, so my conscience is clear, it wasn’t my thing and I won’t be going again.”
The wild-haired Flint isn’t the first artist to incur the wrath of Anonymous. Kanye West was the target of a scathing video issued last March by a team claiming to be Anonymous, though the group later distanced itself from the message.
The Prodigy’s sixth and most recent studio album The Day Is My Enemy peaked opened at No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 127 in the U.S. last April. Its artwork featured an urban fox.