X singer Exene Cervenka has issued a statement apologizing for calling the Santa Barbara killings a "hoax" on Twitter and is attempting to explain the reasoning behind her comments. She's also taking aim at the media for their coverage of such events and her comments, saying that "this experience with the media has not been positive, nor productive."
Cervenka made the remarks in a note posted Friday around noon Los Angeles time on the band's official Facebook and Twitter accounts. "I want to apologize for using the word 'hoax' in a comment I made on social media," Cervenka says in the statement. "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."
She goes on to explain, "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."
Cervenka's comments seem fairly reasonable here, but in the following paragraphs she says she's shocked by the backlash she received for making "hoax" comments, as if she's completely tone deaf to how outrageous and offensive her comments were to some.
"The hatred, rage and intolerance of one's 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," she says in the statement. "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."
Remember, Cervenka's tweets that caused the controversy, which have since been deleted, said, "Santa Barbara Shooting Staged For Gun Control...sick of these hoaxes," and were posted along with a link to a conspiracy theory video.
Yet she claims in the statement, "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," Exene concludes. We agree with Cervenka's final comment, but there's a difference between being "vocal and opinionated" and just plain insensitive to the victims of a heinous crime by endorsing unfounded conspiracy theories regarding their deaths.
Most fans on the band's Facebook page seemed to support Cervenka.
"I thought you were just bringing attention to the videos. I'm glad I did not misunderstand (love to you from Mississippi)," Chico Harris wrote.
Ron Richards added, "No harm, no foul. You are articulate and 100% right on regarding issues with national media. Everyone makes mistakes. We learn and move on!"
Dave Nielsen, however, wasn't as forgiving. "The classic 'non-apology' apology," he wrote. "It also appears you're making yourself the victim here."
As a longtime fan of X, we're just glad to see Cervenka has seemingly come to her senses. In a tweet this afternoon, she wrote:
i just posted from X Facebook on here. please read, i am very sorry for all the negativity i have generated.
— Exene Cervenka (@exenecervenka) May 30, 2014