Does He Realize? Protesters Not Satisfied With Wayne Coyne's Apology
While the mainstream music press has reported that Coyne apologized for his actions, the protesters who were publically humiliated at festival feel the “apology” was empty.
In one part of the interview Coyne seems to not address offending Native Americans specifically and recommends that anyone who was offended should simply not follow him or his band. “I would say that I'm very sorry, to anybody that is following my Instagram or my Twitter, if I offended anybody of any religion, any race, any belief system. I would say you shouldn't follow my tweets; you shouldn't even probably want to be a Flaming Lips fan because we don't really have any agenda. We go about doing things through our imagination. And I would say that if we wrongly stepped on anybody's sacredness, then we're sorry about that. That was never our intention.”
However he later says he is sorry. “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. “
“If you use the word ‘if,’ you’re not apologizing; it’s as simple as that,” Fowler said of Coyne’s statements. “(Friday) on Wayne’s Twitter where he said Sean Lennon and Charlotte [Kemp-Muhl], who is in Lennon’s band, were playing Bricktown Saturday night, and he had a picture of Sean Lennon and the girl in an Indian headdress also. So he’s not doubling down, it’s like he’s quadrupling down.”
Like the earlier photos Coyne posted of two women and the “famous Instagram” bulldog Mayor B wearing a faux-headdress, Lennon's picture was deleted before the end of the day.
Samantha Crain is a well-known local musician who is also Choctaw. Like a lot of people, Crain was upset by the headdress photo Fallin posted and she was shocked when the band posted "I heard pink pony was wearing full regalia tonight" on their facebook page before their performance at the Norman Music Festival.
“I didn't immediately read that and think ‘they are going to be wearing full Native American regalia’ but I did realize they were egging on the same people that were upset by the last photo,” Crain said. “I was very clear that even if they were not wearing regalia I was still doing the protest because it wasn't so much a protest toward their actions, it was a protest towards their minds: minds that think it is alright to belittle how impassioned people feel when they are hurt by cultural appropriation.”
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