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Wayne Coyne Apologizes to Natives, Calls Fallin's Behavior 'Stupid'

ICTMN Staff
5/9/14

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Wayne Coyne of psychedelic alt-rock band the Flaming Lips has addressed the controversy over his friend Christina Fallin's cultural insensitivity and the firing of drummer Kliph Scurlock, which Scurlock says resulted from his criticism of Fallin.

Regarding the picture of the dog in a headdress that he posted to Instagram, Coyne initially gives a non-apology apology, saying "I regret that some people took it wrong," and that the dog had the headdress on "for the same reasons that Gwen Stefani or anybody else would wear it, because it's cool-looking." But -- credit where credit's due -- he followed those less-than-satisfying comments with this:

I understand now that if I'm a spokesperson for any kind of behavior, I shouldn't have done it, and I regret doing it now. I am sorry. I realize now that it goes deeply to the heart of some Native Americans. And I definitely regret it.

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Coyne also discussed the performance of Fallin's band, Pink Pony, at the Norman Music Festival. "I thought [Pink Pony] making fun of the protestors seemed stupid," he said. "I thought their attitude was wrong. And I just thought, 'Why don't you just go out there and play your music, tell them you're sorry and play some cool music, and that would be what the festival is about?' And Pink Pony handled it badly. I agree with all that."

The interview otherwised focused on Coyne's issues with Scurlock, with the Flaming Lips' frontman calling his ex-drummer a "hateful pathological liar."

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Well, SOMEONE knows their professional reputation might be hurt by his actions/comments. I suppose we can be thankful for the pseudo-apology, but it confirms something I've always known, White man only cares if it costs him money.

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Submitted by nativewomn on
That apology was BS. A fauxpology, because he just did it again the other night at some music festival, and a couple weeks ago appeared on stage with Miley Cyrus in 'war paint'. He's full of it, he's a phony.
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