Christina Fallin, in Her Own Words: 'I'm Tired of the Misinformation'
So what about your mother's "apology," for lack of a better term? She seemed to be apologizing and she brought up her relationship with the Native American tribes of Oklahoma. Is she trying to "distance" herself from you for political reasons? What has she said to you about all this controversy?
All I'll really say about my mother's statement is that I love and respect her, but she wasn't present at the concert.
In retrospect, you have any regrets about that photo with the headdress? And are you worried about this controversy derailing the career of your band? It has certainly been a distraction from your music.
If I had known it would incite hate and division, I would have avoided posting it, but I was and still am genuine about my appreciation of Native American culture and I was in no way meaning to disrespect it or offend people. Our band is something we do for fun and as a creative release. We do not sell our music. Music is a fun hobby.
What do you think about all of this now that you have my side of the story?
I understand what you are saying, and the debate over cultural appropriation is many shades of gray rather than simply black and white, but I don't know that you've said anything that will change the minds of our readers. I understand that you are unapologetic because you feel you have done nothing wrong, but there are a lot of people out there who will still feel hurt. I "get" that you were in a photo shoot, you put something on, and had your picture taken, and that started spiraling out of control, but you come across as not caring that people "chose" to be offended by it -- and I don't know that being offended is always a choice.
You don't think they'll care that I didn't do a war dance nor wear a Native American styled shawl? Because that's the issue that brought us together here today. I never want to hurt anyone’s feelings intentionally and I was not trying to hurt people’s feelings intentionally by posting a picture with the headdress; that's my point. I am very genuine about the connection I feel to Oklahoma and Native American culture. For the people who were genuinely hurt, I am sorry because that was never my intention. I also wasn't in a photo shoot -- that was someone else's photo shoot that I was present at.
Thanks for clearing up the bit about the photo shoot. I don't know if you've said you were sorry before, but if you did, it never seemed to get in the articles.
Well I don't typically talk to anyone -- typically it's best to remain less detailed and let it ride out, but I'm tired of all of the misinformation. No one takes the time like you did today to genuinely retrieve information.
From this weekend's performance it sounds like the protest started over the comment on the Pink Pony facebook page that mentioned "full regalia" as a joke. Many Indians took it as an attempt to bait protesters. Was it a reference to the headdress photo?
That comment had zero reference to the headdress. We heard that rumor and wondered what regalia even meant. So we looked it up to find the definition of regalia, which is "the emblems or insignia of royalty, especially the crown, scepter, and other ornaments used at a coronation." We thought the rumor that we heard, which was "that Pink Pony was going to wear full regalia" was pretty silly because what does that even mean? To us, it didn't mean Native American regalia like it did to the protest organizer. "I heard Pink Pony was wearing full regalia," was meant as an empty statement to poke fun at a random rumor. After it was posted, Samantha Crain posted that we confirmed we were wearing full regalia via our Facebook status, which was an incredible misquote. She did not reach out to us for clarification if she was confused. And after we found out that she was organizing a protest, Steven, as a longtime friend of hers, sent her a message telling her we are not wearing anything Native American. She either chose to keep that information confidential and never posted the clarification and instead carried out the protest or there is a chance that she didn't see it, but she never mentioned after the fact that she received that information and she never clarified her misquote and still continues to say we announced via our facebook that we were wearing full Native American regalia.
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