Exene Cervenka's Tweets Calling Isla Vista Shooting a Hoax Inspire a Blogging Rampage [Update]

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Fans of Exene Cervenka must be feeling a little torn right now. On the one hand, her ability to thumb her nose at convention and question the status quo are what make her punk rock royalty. But then you go and read her Twitter feed yesterday and realize there's a definite line between revolutionary and wacky. The Weekly's former columnist (Ask Exene/ Exene Says) took to Twitter yesterday posting a few links to truther videos about the shooting rampage that occurred last week near UC Santa Barbara, saying she was "sick of these hoaxes." Not surprisingly, the tweets have inspired a bit of a rampage of their own. Bloggers, commenters, even her own followers are pretty peeved. Indie culture blog Dangerous Minds (who already pokes fun at Cervenka and her YouTube channel plenty) called Cervenka "the Victoria Jackson" of punk rock, to which Cervenka replied via Twitter "who's Victoria Jackson?" Zing!

Rather than write some essay on the flimsy merits of the truther's YouTube journalism, let's just say we're glad that the singer for X and the Knitters spiked her column here before tweeting this mess. Even though we've parted ways, as a publication that has long respected her work on and off the stage and written about her quite a bit and also worked with her as a writer, we're not ashamed to say this is downright embarrassing.

See below for updated apology from Cervenka.

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Whether you want to believe these truther theories or not, ask yourself this: would you have the balls to roll up to UCSB and do the job of an actual journalist and seek out the coroner's office, go to the crime scenes, talk to witnesses, and then visit each one of the parents of the murder victims and say "Hmm, I'm not convinced this really happened"? If you're not, then any attempt to assert the alternative truth of what's been reported is not only insensitive, it's just lazy.

What's in it for all the actors in this supposed hoax, anyway? Surely Elliot Rodger's father, the assistant director on all the murderous Hunger Games movies, must have a secret axe to grind over our state's gun laws (the strictest in the country). That's why he let his son go out and pretend to kill all those people and himself, right?

In any case, I'm sure her bandmates in X are stoked to see all this unfold as they prep for their string of shows at the Roxy coming up. This is a great distraction!

Then just hours ago, after all the blog hate, we see the inevitable backpedal on her Twitter feed. "I never said no one died," she tweets. "It's the media that covers up and lies to us about these events. Questioning authority is ok, people."

Sigh...yeah, that made it better. The media did what, now? Ok, time to roll up the car window and drive away...bye!

We're glad we can all have 1st Amendment rights and can say whatever we want. And now we can put it up for all of our family, fans and followers to see it, including the the knee jerk stuff we tend to regret later. If her intent was to inspire people to seek an alternative to the mainstream media's reports, maybe she nabbed a few. But mostly, we're guessing she lost a lot more fans.

Update: 4 p.m.: Today, Cervenka posted an apology for her comments on X's Facebook page. Full text below:

I want to apologize for using the word 'hoax' in a comment I made on social media. I realize people have died in these violent events and we have all experienced that in our own lives. No one wants anyone else to ever have to go through that.

The point I am always trying to make is that we need to start thinking critically, looking past the headlines at all available information and make an informed opinion. My issue is with the media's coverage of events that will shape our public policy and laws for generations to come. We all need to be involved in that debate but we cannot contribute unless we have accurate truthful and complete information about what happened at any of these events.

The hatred, rage and intolerance of ones opinions and the threatening language that I have been receiving through the media makes me realize that this is not a path I want to be on. I don't want to be a source of hatred and rage. I don't like it being directed at me and I don't want to create it in anyone's mind. It was not my intent.

I wasn't expecting this kind of response to a comment I made, but it has been a wakeup call and has radically altered my own views as to how I want to live in this world. I always try to do what I think is right. I've always been very vocal and opinionated, but this experience with the media has not been positive, nor productive.

It's only through positive energy that things will get better in this country for all of us.

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22 comments
Debaser7
Debaser7

OC Weekly still running this like it's news.  It's not.  The mass murder was the news.  This is just one person's (unorthodox) opinion.  Why are you so quick to throw Exene under the bus?  You're a bunch of ingrates. (Cue thin-skinned Gustavo's retort.....)

Raul Juarez
Raul Juarez

I love Exene, but it sounds like she snorted a 'lil too much cheap biker crank back in the mid-80's & her brains are startin' to jell

Mark Bock
Mark Bock

I know musicians do a lot of drugs when making their music. But it's been a long , long time!

dbo90275
dbo90275

What a nut.  A very old, shriveled up, irrelevant nut.  I lost all respect for someone who's writings in the OCWeekly I interpreted as coming from a senstive kind person.

Boy, did I get that fucking wrong or what?

RIP kids, and to the kids' families, I am so sorry for your losses - may you someday, somehow, find peace.

Smedley_Butler
Smedley_Butler

Reunion tours for punk bands are always kind of weird.  You show up expecting to see the same intensity and fury that you loved back in the late 70's, but the band always ends up being a toothless, old, geezer parody of their former selves, trying desperately to recapture the fire and poetry of their (our) youth and not quite making the mark.  

I usually walk away from punk reunions feeling vaguely disappointed and older than I felt before the show ... after reading this, I think I'll skip X's reunion tour this year and instead, sit home and just cherish the memory of the younger, more-alive version of X playing places like the Cuckoo's Nest, the Whiskey and the Starwood back in the days when they really meant something.

John Hald
John Hald

I can see where she's coming from tho she is right about alot of these shootings being hoaxes

brownout
brownout

Giving The Victims and The Families a position to be feared is exactly what I assume she's fighting against. If what she's saying is wrong, then her argument deserves to be addressed based on the facts, not on fear of confrontation from someone who's in the process of grieving. More than likely she's way off base, but let's not allow the Weekly to go the way of Fox News. Not only Exene but all journalists shouldn't be afraid to ask the questions that make people angry.

Jerry Dennis Bradford
Jerry Dennis Bradford

Her phone's off the hook, but she's not......anymore. Exene hit and run tweeting.

dbo90275
dbo90275

@brownout 

Just to be clear:

Exene is not a jounalist.  She's not asking questions. And why on earth should we be "afraid" of the victims and their familiies as opposed to being empathetic? 

She's making foolish, whacked out assertions at the emotional cost of the families and friends of the shooting victims.  She's an irresponsible foolish old goat.

Shame on that irresponible foolish old goat.

brownout
brownout

@dbo90275 

My comment about fear was a reference to this portion of the article:


"Whether you want to believe these truther theories or not, ask yourself this: would you have the balls to roll up to UCSB and do the job of an actual journalist and seek out the coroner's office, go to the crime scenes, talk to witnesses, and then visit each one of the parents of the murder victims and say "Hmm, I'm not convinced this really happened"? If you're not, then any attempt to assert the alternative truth of what's been reported is not only insensitive, it's just lazy."

 

I agree that you're probably right and she's probably wrong (as I said in my first comment), but if these assertions did turn out to be true, would the victims and their families want to be shielded from the facts to protect their feelings?

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