Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes Speaks on Ferguson and Being Assaulted at Lollapalooza: Watch
By Philip Cosores
“I feel like I’m getting poked all my life,” Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes says in a new interview (via Okayplayer) in which he addresses the security guard encounter that has left him in crutches following this year’s Lollapalooza, as well as the current national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.
“Maybe sometimes it is more like a punch,” he adds with a laugh, but he isn’t joking about the reality many people living in America face on a daily basis. “It feels like this irritating jab and I think everyone is getting tired.”
“There is no quick fix or solution to this,” he says, “and that, for me, is the most upsetting thing. You can riot, or you can speak on stage, or tweet, or sign a petition, but a petition doesn’t change some random, d–k cop’s opinion of the world… Change can probably happen, but that is a long, long, long process of planting seeds, and hoping that eventually that s–t grows down the line.”
The video also splices in video from a recent performance in Central Park, where he also spoke about the current state of affairs.
“I hate f—–g abuse of power,” Hynes said in the performance, “And I hate this f—–g police state that we’re all starting to live in. I don’t mean New York and I don’t mean America, I mean the f——g world right now.”
Despite the injury, Hynes is still performing and touring, with shows scheduled this weekend in L.A., including the annual FYF Fest.