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Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips shared a picture of friends and a dog doing 'our best Christina Fallin' pose.

Really? Wayne Coyne Supported Fallin With Picture of Dog in Headdress


An indie-rock icon weighed in on the Christina Fallin headdress controversy -- and he wasn't asking her to be more respectful of the American Indians whose culture she is trivializing. No, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips showed his support of the Oklahoma Governor's daughter, with a tasteless photo sent from his (now closed) Instagram account.

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According to Oklahoma culture blog The Lost Ogle, Coyne, who is a friend of Christina Fallin's, posted the following:

Yes, that's a dog wearing a feather headdress.

[Editor's note: The above picture was posted to Instagram in late March, weeks before Fallin's "War Dance" incident. An earlier version of this story implied that the picture was posted more recently.]

The Flaming Lips are an Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rock band who've long been a critical favorite; although their work is still usually well-received the band arguably peaked with The Soft Bulletin (1999) and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002). The song "Do You Realize?" from the latter album was the "official rock song" of the state of Oklahoma for a couple of years, before Governor Mary Fallin opted not to renew its status as such.

Coyne has a reputation as one of rock music's most interesting eccentrics, but these days Coyne-watchers are scratching their heads more often than nodding in approval. We're getting the story from The Lost Ogle again, which is referring to the less-lovable Wayne Coyne as "New Wayne Coyne" -- in a March post, a writer mused, "is it really possible to embarrass Wayne Coyne? At last check, he’s the same guy who shut down the Oklahoma City airport with a grenade. He’s been kicked off Instagram for posting too much nudity… twice. He photographed Erykah Badu naked in a bathtub filled with fake semen and glitter and tweeted a pic of it."

Coyne's conduct may very well lose him some fans. A first-hand account of Fallin's performance at the Norman Music Festival, posted at Red Dirt Report, noted that "Wayne Coyne ... stood behind the partition with Fallin’s entourage, accompanied by his girlfriend, laughing and pointing at the protesters." A commenter replied "Wayne Coyne can kiss my ass. I can't believe he stood by and agreed to what Fallin and her mates were doing." At Daily Kos, a reader wrote "I'm so disappointed in Wayne Coyne. This makes it much, much harder to like The Flaming Lips."


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MarigoldSpark's picture
Submitted by MarigoldSpark on
People like him do not deserve to be called human beings, even living things, they are nothing and fit nowhere.

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Submitted by alexjacobs on
DONT DO IT WAYNE! you have NDN fans all over country and in OKC, the FALLINS aint worth it, your just doin it to stick it to Mother FALLIN (the GUV)...CHRISTINA FALLIN is the FEMALE DONALD STERLING!! A racist comment overnight can and will destroy, stay away from the Fallin Firestorm...AGAIN...Christina Fallin is the FEMALE DONALD STERLING!

indianmedicine's picture
Submitted by indianmedicine on
Well, now we see the definition of "White Trash With Money". As I posted before, let's NOT give FREE PUBLICITY to Offensive People.

rockymissouri's picture
Submitted by rockymissouri on
A nasty little dude.. A disrespectful and ignorant trasher. Should have been stopped before this point.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
The Flaming Lips suck as musicians. Their trash is a sort of soft, insignificant, generic rock that no one will remember in ten years. The one question I DO have is, which of the two photos is Fallin?

wdim's picture
Submitted by wdim on
So its ok to sell the recreated headresses for decoration as long as nobody and their dog doesn't wear them? is that the rule?

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
To W-DIM: No, it's not okay. Do you honestly believe that Native Americans market headdresses? The headdress to Native Americans is like your military's Medal of Honor and Purple Heart all rolled into one - what do you think most Americans would feel if a bimbo in a punk band would wear that medal without having paid the price?