Dutch musician Cees Koldijik is not quietly accepting the brutal assault of his 19-year-old daughter, whose birthday bash on a Thai beach ended with a trip to the emergency room and a horrific account of rape committed a Thai bargoer.
That's the father in the video below, prowling a dirt road with a rifle, vowing to bring justice to his daughter's attacker. His tune "Evil Man From Krabi," which bears a sonic resemblance to early work by ska pioneers The Specials, asks his daughter's rapist:
Would you like to face me?
When I catch you in the wild?
Would you feel the pain that you put into my child?
The song ends with a single gun shot.
As of today, it's tallied more than 417,000 views. Tourism authorities in the perenially mispronounced coastal province of Krabi (it's gruh-bee, not "crabby") are facing a public relations disaster.
Just what inspired this father to channel his anger into a well-produced music video? In short, it's a lack of faith in the Thai justice system. The accused, according to The Nation news outlet, denied the charges in court and a senior police colonel suggests up to two years could pass without a verdict.
Police have released their own video that insists Koldijik's video displays a "misunderstanding of Thai law" and that they're still collecting evidence per standard operating procedure.
It won't comfort many would-be tourists, however, because the entire clip is in Thai.