Does He Realize? Protesters Not Satisfied With Wayne Coyne's Apology
Wayne Coyne, the leader of the pop group The Flaming Lips, gave a rambling interview on Friday to Rolling Stone where he addressed various controversies he is currently involved with, including those surrounding the actions of Christina Fallin, the daughter Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin. Christina Fallin put a picture on social media of herself wearing a faux-Native American Headdress in March and in the storm of the controversy, Coyne put pictures of two women, and a dog up in social media also wearing a headdress. Fallin appeared with her band, Pink Pony, at The Norman Music Festival in April where they taunted Native American protesters, allegedly along with Coyne, and Fallin is accused of wearing a faux-Indian shawl with the word “sheep” across the back while doing a faux-Indian Dance.
Coyne distanced himself from Fallin and Pink Pony in the interview by denouncing the band’s music as “stupid” and while Fallin has insisted from the beginning that she never intended to offend Native Americans, Coyne contradicts her and corroborates what the Native American protestors have said all along, that Fallin and Pink Pony were taunting the protesters.
“I thought [Pink Pony] making fun of the protestors seemed stupid,” Coyne was quoted as saying. “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.”
Along with denouncing the band artistically, Coyne also puts all the blame on Fallin and Pink Pony for things turning ugly. “I left because I just didn't think it was very good,” Coyne said in the article. “But then to hear that they were making fun of people, and people probably got too drunk, I thought it was bad.”
Coyne also seems to be saying that he just happened to be laughing while Native American people were being taunted in public, but he was not laughing at them, he was just generally having a good time during the taunting. “Yes,” Coyne was quoted, “I was at the festival. People probably saw me laugh. I took pictures with probably 500 people that night. I'm laughing in probably all the pictures.”
“I, myself, had eye contact with Wayne; he and his little girlfriend were laughing and pointing at us,” said protester and former Flaming Lips fan, Louis Fowler. Fowler, who is Choctaw, was there as a journalist covering the protest, but decided the situation was too overwhelming to remain impartial and picked up a sign and joined the protesters. “You come face to face with someone you respected and who you wasted so much money on between concerts and albums. For him to do that - it was really heartbreaking.”
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