Journalist and protester Louis Fowler holds a sign at Pink Pony's controversial Norman Music Festival performance.

Does He Realize? Protesters Not Satisfied With Wayne Coyne's Apology

Wilhelm Murg

Crain says that Wayne Coyne was backstage during the entire protest laughing and taking pictures of the protesters.  “I do not believe that the shawl or the dancing was meant to be derogatory towards Native Americans,” Crain said. “I do think, even though these things were not meant as a jab towards Natives, the blatant disrespect [toward] the protesters spoke volumes about their attitudes in the situation. If they really wanted to make a statement about 'sheep' or 'yellow journalism' they would not have asked their audience to boo us and flip us off, which they did.”

Crain said after the performance she spoke at length with Steven Battles of Pink Pony, who explained that he’s in love with multiculturalism and cross-culturalism; he explained that he had traveled to Turkey and was in love with things he saw in the culture.  “I never got the impression that he actually respected the cultures,” Crain said.   “He also explained his love for the punk rock ‘fuck you’ attitude and wanting to have a mutual distaste between him and his audience… I think with these two ideas, being so important to Steven, clash violently sometimes.”

“I pretty much believe Steven Battles is the mastermind behind all of this, and Christina Fallin -- and you can quote me on this -- Christina Fallin is like his dumb little automaton that does what he says," Louis Fowler said. “In the interview she did with Indian Country Today she had ample opportunity to apologize and speak her own mind, but she sounds like a brainwashed cult victim.   When she was referring to Steven Battles as a 'philosopher' she sounded like she might as well be drinking the Kool-Aid at Jonestown.”

The Lost Ogle, an Oklahoma City information site, is reporting that Battles’ radio show for Oklahoma City’s “The Spy” has been canceled. The Pink Pony facebook page has been taken down and the Oklahoma City fashion and beauty magazine So6ix has severed its ties with Fallin, who was working with the publication as a media consultant, according to the site

On Friday, the same day Coyne's Rolling Stone interview was posted, Pink Pony played for the opening of the Echelon Salon Suites, Dry Bar, and Spa in Edmond, Oklahoma.  Writer and activist Frances Danger, who is Muscogee Creek and Seminole, contacted the salon and was contacted by a representative, Stefani Scott Beard. “She confirmed that Pink Pony would play and apologized if I was offended by any of the articles written about Pink Pony,” Danger said. “She stated unequivocally that all media coverage had been fabricated regarding Pink Pony.”  Danger asked for clarification but says she was ignored. 

“I did, via tweet, inform Echelon that I had written an article about my Pink Pony experience, that it was not fabricated, and that I would gladly provide 8 pages of unedited screen shots to back up my account” Danger continued. “I also requested an apology from Echelon and Stefani Scott Beard implying that I lied in my coverage. I was ignored; no response.”

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
As Daniel Snyder, Donald Sterling and Clive Bundy have proven - racists only care when it hurts their pocketbook. Lately it seems the only people using the sentence, "I am not a racist," are the racists themselves.

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First of all, Coyne is a jerk...this is the guy who interviewed Brian Wilson in 1999 for some HBO thing that never aired, and then he trashes Wilson afterwards about Wilson's own personal demons and mental issues. Wow, talk about a lack of compassion! Even if you didn't get much out of the guy, and Wilson may have been kind of incoherent too, why not just offer some respect to the guy and not say anything about it afterwards?.....and second, this is is what white privilege is all about, being content in ignorance and dismissive of a minority group's complaints and not having to confront institutional racism and seeing the effects it has had on marginalized minority groups. Must be nice to throw your elbows around and not care who you hit......This could have been a huge personal growth moment for all of them, to enter into a real and honest dialog with Native Americans but they initially chose to shrug it off.... and enough of the "if i offended anyone" nonsense, just say, "I'm sorry for having offended some people".

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Submitted by hesutu on
After all this, are they still wearing headdresses? Is the photo on the second page of the article a recent one? I am not sure if this is even a headdress or something else, it seems to have legs on it, perhaps of a coyote? Is it a coyote skin with a head band? I haven't seen this sort of headdress before. I don't want to say anything inappropriate in case this is a traditional head dress of some nation which I just haven't seen before, but it seems rather odd looking and strange to have a whole coyote skin on the head with the legs dangling down like that.

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Submitted by Terry James on
Coyne's picture of 3 people and a dog included his girlfriend, a roadie, a dog, and a pop singer named Sarah Barthel of the group Phantogram. She apparently was unaware of the Fallin controversy in Oklahoma at the time the photo was taken. On May 12th she posted this on Facebook: A few weeks ago, a photograph of me wearing a Native American headdress was posted on the internet. While in no way was this picture meant to harm or disrespect the Native American community or culture, I realize now the gravity of its unintended consequences. I've learned a lot about issues around cultural appropriation in the past few weeks, and hope my mistake can shed light on the subject so others can also learn from it. I sincerely apologize to anyone I've offended – obviously, it won’t happen again. Sending love to all of you, -Sarah Seems that Wayne Coyne could have simply done something similar instead of his strange interview in Rolling Stone.