Christina Fallin, in Her Own Words: 'I'm Tired of the Misinformation'
There's a story going around that Wayne Coyne fired Kliph Scurlock from The Flaming Lips due to a dispute having to do with you. Scurlock told me he was "fired for telling Christina to go fuck herself after her lame-ass 'apology' when people got upset at her stupid headdress photo. That happened in mid-March." Do you have any comment?
My comment is that I have no part in making decisions about whether or not Kliph is a drummer for The Flaming Lips. That is their own internal matter.
So what is the future? You seem to feel you've been unfairly targeted -- do you think that will continue?
I think as a child of a politician, especially during an election year, and with more and more people learning how to use social media, I will always be a target of various blogs, groups, individuals, etc.
Do you see any of this as politically motivated, because of your mother?
From what I have seen, I believe a majority of many attacks are politically motivated. Cher performed at BOK in Tulsa a couple of weeks after my headdress photo and I didn't see anywhere -- on media or individuals on social media -- that there was any outrage for her wearing a floor length headdress for her music career. I see a huge double standard. I've had many friends send me cultural appropriation type pictures of some of the same people who have been speaking out. Here is how the Tulsa World has portrayed it: "Then, the curtain fell and on a pedestal, bathed in gold light with an enormous Vegas-style headdress was Cher, looking like the Goddess of Pop she is." And here's a Daily Mail article that actually has a picture of it. And there are several examples of this -- which is why the issue is many shades as you say.
Actually, Lisa Snell, owner of Native American Times, walked out on the performance and wrote about it. That’s a good example of where I said the definition of "cultural appropriation" can be a gray area: Some people were upset, while others pointed out that Cher has Cherokee heritage, and in their opinion that made it OK for Cher to wear the headdress. There were still others who did not care whether or not she was Cherokee, they were still offended -- because that headdress is not part of Cherokee culture, and moreover the prevailing view is that women are never allowed to wear them.
Yeah I get that, but I think there were many more people talking about the headdress I wore than Cher's around here. And I know the comments that people leave, which are "women do not wear war bonnets," "you're using a headdress to sell music," "you're not of the Kiowa tribe" -- the several hundreds of people who said that should have been blowing up the "interwebs" with those same statements for Cher. Also, until I stated it in my press release, people didn't know if I had any part Native American in my lineage. People were assuming that I didn't have any -- which I don't -- but they didn't know for sure until I gave the info in my press release.
The photos in this story taken by Christina Owen originally appeared at Red Dirt Report and are used with permission.
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