Parlotones critique leads to lawsuit

2011-09-27 09:40
Kobus Pretorius
Cape Town - A music journalist and a freelance director of stage productions are taking each other to court over alleged defamation.

Freelance music journalist Diane Coetzer is suing Eban Olivier, a freelance director of stage-and-musical productions, for R150 000 for libel.

Olivier reportedly attacked Coetzer personally after he read her review of a theatre production for rock group The Parlotones at Montecasino in July.

In her review Coetzer criticised certain aspects of the production - particularly the dancers, costumes and choreography.

According to the Daily Maverick, who originally published the review, Coetzer is suing Olivier for libel and/or damage to her dignity and reputation and claims R150 000 in damages. She also wants him to publish an apology where everyone who was his "friend" on Facebook at the time of the comment can read it.

A summons was issued to Olivier earlier this month which he will oppose.


Olivier wrote on his Facebook page that he wants to run Coetzer over and said he would publish her photo in case people want to slap her.

Olivier, who worked on the production for 12 months, told Die Burger on Monday that his outburst was "a very natural reaction" to the review.

"She did not see the big picture. She took certain things completely out of context.

"I sought an outlet on Facebook.

"I later apologised and said I took it too far. She should do what she wants to do," said Olivier.

He later removed most of his comments on Facebook and posted an apology, and has suspended his Facebook page in the meantime.

Coetzer said she is suing Olivier because he had exceeded a limit and has not yet apologised to her directly.

*Read Coetzer's review here.


  • GT - 2011-09-27 09:58

    handbags at 10 paces

  • BryanJhb - 2011-09-27 09:58

    Coetzer must grow up!

  • IhateYou - 2011-09-27 10:04

    People are always looking to make money. What is wrong with one saying their opinion?? Really I dont get it

  • Side_Winder - 2011-09-27 10:07

    Wahahahaha!!!! Publishing her pic in case people wanna slap her... Wonder what he'd say to his partner if they said he'd under-performed in bed!!!

  • The Kaapman - 2011-09-27 10:13

    I just love two grade R's fighting in a play ground. The first to reach the teacher gets a smack!.... haha. I hope the judge laughs this one off the roll. I mean it is clearly two adults being upset. Question who is Coetzer? Why is her reputation so valuable? What work had she done to deserve a reputational loss of R150 000. I mean how do we valuate a loss? He aplogised on the same platform he attacked her. So that is fair as the same people who saw the attack saw the aplogy and would easily have seen it as an over reaction. I would like to see the judge bring back some order by not allowing little cases with no real merrit but for money grabbing to be thrown out. I mean yes that is the way the band dresses and i suspect she was jealous of the dancers getting the lime light. I rate the director got more out of this matter than the journalist who will not get an invite to more concerts and shows if this is her attitude,,

      armosyn - 2011-09-27 11:35

      I suspect that both suffer from a case of cyber bullying. Coetzer the most. Afrikaners is nie net plesierig nie.

      LockJaw_ZA - 2011-09-27 11:49

      "Diane Coetzer is the South African correspondent for Billboard Magazine and its online platforms - and has been writing about South African music and the South African music business in various publications for more than 15 years." - Daily Maverick. She has also written biographies for local as well as international artists, and she has written the liner notes (the text inside a CD booklet) for most of the local artists + a couple of internationals. She has been a judge at the South African Music Awards for 14 years, and in 2006 she won the Arts and Culture Journalist of the Year in the Nedbank Arts and Culture Trust Awards. So there is quiet a bit at stake in terms of her reputation. I'm actually surprised that she isn't suing The Parlotones for making horrible music - I would.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-09-27 10:15

    Creating controversy in this scenario is often aimed at getting attention - I had never heard of the people involved before

  • Shistirrer - 2011-09-27 10:16

    Oscar Wilde said a critic is someone "who leaves no turn unstoned". The irony is that Coetzer feels it is her right to publish negative criticism on Olivier and his work, but when Olivier returns the favour in kind, she wants to sue him. WTF?!!!

      Warren G - 2011-09-27 23:51

      a point well made Shistirrer, I think that quote was from George Bernard Shaw rather than Oscar Wilde though, although we'll let you off as 'consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative' ;)

  • birdman - 2011-09-27 10:34

    Has News 24 got nothing else to write about?

  • Ryan - 2011-09-27 10:35

    Repeat after me children and I'll try not to use big words. "Threatening people with violence is never acceptable. And you are responsible for what you say on the net."

  • Point Blank - 2011-09-27 10:41

    Bitch fight... really now, drama queens.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-09-27 10:46

    Parlotones are overhyped garbage anyway, who cares.

      sniperman - 2011-09-27 14:14

      Mooi so my kind!! If I had written the review I would have been sued for millions. Who are the Parlotones? R.E.M. clones? No never, can't be! There's not enough talent. And why does the singer act like a MIchael Stipes look alike? He should be sued for for impersonation!!

      armosyn - 2011-09-28 13:48

      sniperman, you very talented man you! The whole world knows who you are. You are THE BEST guitar player/drummer/singer in South Africa... So easy to judge other people from ground zero on talent yourself, isnt it?

  • Anthony Swart - 2011-09-27 10:58

    Coetzer + Malema = Retards

      sefeddt - 2011-09-27 11:27

      I dont see them as similar, Malema sings Kill the boer and must be stopped. Olivier posts he want to ride her over and wants to post a picture so that people can slap her and he must be allowed ??

  • armosyn - 2011-09-27 11:38

    I met Parletones on the airport from Lanseria to Cape Town the weekend of womans day. The guy on the photo (far left), was very very sweet and kind to my 7 year old son. Bless!

      sniperman - 2011-09-27 14:15

      Oops! I must just get scared!!!!

  • Wayne - 2011-09-27 12:22


  • Linda Whelan - 2011-09-27 12:23

    As I tuck into my Parlotones KFC burger and drink a bottle of Parlotones wine, I'm just glad that they have always retained their artistic integrity and refused to sell out.

      sniperman - 2011-09-27 14:20

      And so if you lack artistic credibility and talent I suppose there is nothing wrong with promoting fatty burgers and family destroying drinks.

      armosyn - 2011-09-28 13:51

      sniperman, why are you so mean? Did one of them run off with your boyfriend?

      armosyn - 2011-09-29 14:01

      and Linda,I suppose you are a rockefeller and unlike the rest of us, dont have to make a plan to earn money? Lucky you! All the love to this band and all other bands trying to make a living. Its a dog eat dog world out there.

  • Utopia - 2011-09-27 14:03

    I think there's something radically wrong with this Olivier character.A few people (myself included) happened to comment on a photo posted on The Parlotones FB page and man, oh man, did this guy post the most immature, foul-mouthed responses imaginable. Sounds like he has a problem with anyone who doesn't agree with his views. I hope she takes him to the cleaners.

  • whatevafreakshow - 2011-09-27 14:04

    Agree handbags at 10 lame

  • Sambok - 2011-09-27 15:53

    These people writing the reviews think they can say anything but the moment they are criticised they want to sue. Pathetic! Maybe the Parlotones must sue her for the bad write-up...

      lydonmcg - 2011-09-27 17:38

      There's a big difference between a critical review and saying you want to drive over someone.

  • lydonmcg - 2011-09-27 17:35

    After that pathetic attempt at copying Lady GaGa, judging by the advert in Nu Metro cinemas, he deserves to be sued.

  • fconnection - 2011-09-27 17:46

    What happened to freedom of speech or was that also taken away from us . Grow up learn from your mistakes .

  • Shiloh Noone - 2014-08-30 22:16

    The Parlotone monotone , man its so saccharine sickly ,and their look so like Cinema of the eighties , predictable wassailing lighter music or these days with a cellphone light , Brrrr, they given me vomit migraines

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