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Exene Cervenka Issues Apology for Santa Barbara ‘Hoax’ Remarks

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(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

By Kevin Rutherford

Days after making comments on her Twitter account referring to last weekend’s Santa Barbara shootings as a “hoax,” Exene Cervenka took to another social media channel to air her apology.

In a post on her band X‘s Facebook, the singer apologized for using the word “hoax” to describe the Elliot Rodger shootings, which left seven dead and 13 others injured.

“I want to apologize for using the word ‘hoax’ in a comment I made on social media,” she wrote. “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.”

However, she didn’t exactly back down from one source in particular: the media as a whole.

“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,” Cervenka continued. “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.”

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She added that she had been receiving “threatening language” through the media and that it caused her to “realize that this is not a path I want to be on. I don’t want to be a source of hatred and rage.”

Cervenka considered the experience a “wakeup call,” calling the experience “not… positive or productive.”

Read the whole statement, again culled from X’s Facebook page, below.

A statement from Exene Cervenka:

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.

Cervenka’s original Twitter posts have since been deleted, with one recognizing the situation remaining: a tweet directing viewers to the band’s Facebook page and apologizing for “all the negativity I have generated.”

https://twitter.com/exenecervenka/status/472453229096103936

The X singer originally came under fire by many for her comments on the Santa Barbara shootings, adding multiple “truther” videos to a YouTube playlist and sometimes adding her own commentary. Many of the videos expressed an opinion that the incident was staged by the government, a sentiment shared by some with 2012’s Sandy Hook Elementary School killings and the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York, among others.

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