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
5/12/14

The situation has grown bad on The Flaming Lips’ social media pages where message boards have turned into hate filled responses on both sides of the issue, often filled with racial slurs, including the comments section of the Rolling Stone interview.  Most of the messages seem to be critical of Coyne, whose fans (and former fans) are attacking him for two reasons: Solidarity with Native Americans who are dismayed by the Pink Pony saga, and support of The Flaming Lips’ drummer, Kliph Scurlock, who Coyne says he fired because he was only technically competent and very negative. Many fans find it questionable that Scurlock would have been the band’s drummer for 14 years if Coyne’s accusations are true.  

Louis Fowler says he will definitely continue this protest.  “My greatest resource, my greatest talent is my writing, so I’ll use that and I’ll use whatever means I can.  I never realized what a significant problem this is in our state.  It’s been one of the most heartbreaking and soul draining things I’ve ever encountered in my life.” 

“I think Wayne Coyne and Christina Fallin operate in a tower so tall they can't even see where their arrows are landing,” Samantha Crain said.  “It is possible that my next move may be another protest. As long as they hold the beliefs that they do, I don't believe there is much forgiveness from the Native community to be had. ... However, if they want to read some books, interact with some tribal members, and take steps towards understanding and respecting the culture, then speak more about how their attitudes have changed, that, I think, would be grounds to supporting them, and forgiving them. I think they keep dragging it out because their lack of knowledge and understanding really convinces them that they've done nothing wrong.”

Wayne Coyne, Christina Fallin, and Echelon Salon Suites, Dry Bar, and Spa were all contacted for comments on this story.  Coyne never returned our message, Fallin indicated that she would give a statement that Echelon Salon had prepared, but then texted that had a “low grade migraine” and could not make a comment.

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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.
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