Oklahoma Governor Apologizes After Daughter Mocks Native Americans
Governor Mary Fallin has apologized after her daughter performed a “war dance” mocking Native American protesters at a music festival.
Christina Fallin, 27, first raised the protestors’ ire in March when she released a promotional photo for her band, Pink Pony, of herself wearing a Plains warbonnet. She then issued the jack-offiest “apology” ever: “Forgive us if we innocently adorn ourselves in your beautiful things.”
When protestors—still unhappy with Fallin’s refusal to fully apologize—showed up at Pink Pony’s Norman Music Festival concert carrying signs that read “I am not a costume,” Fallin reportedly responded with predictable sensitivity and maturity. Via RawStory:
According to Indian Country Today Media Network, Fallin mocked them from the stage by wearing “a Native American-style fringed shawl with the word ‘Sheep’ on the back and performed a fake war dance while her boyfriend Steven Battles ridiculed the protesters and flipped them off from the stage.”
The band issued this statement:
Nothing about our performance was connected in any way to Native American culture. We are sincerely sorry to anyone who was offended by the photograph that started this controversy.
But the governor had this to say:
“On Saturday night, while performing at the Norman Music Festival, my daughter acted in a way that I believe was inappropriate,” the governor noted. “While she will always be my daughter and I love her very much, I don’t approve of her behavior on that night or that of her band. I have communicated that to Christina.”