Native protesters at Norman Music Festival. PHOTO Courtesy: Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry.
NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — Realizing many American Indians resented the misbehaving by her adult daughter, Christina, while performing at the Norman Music Festival on Saturday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement on Monday distancing herself from the incident.
Christina Fallin, 27, who provides live mixes and dances during performances in Pink Pony, an Oklahoma City-based band.
On Saturday, the younger Fallin wore a shawl with the word “Sheep” written on it and did an offensive fake war dance as she performed.
Oklahoma Governor’s daugther, Christian Fallin, adorned in fake American Indian headdress
Fallin and her band were met with American Indian protesters who attended were there after reading a social media post that indicated Pink Piny (sic) was going to wear full regalia at the performance.
Fallin did not wear full American Indian regalia, but wore the shawl.
The following is Governor Fallin’s statement:
“On Saturday night, while performing at the Norman Music Festival, my daughter acted in a way that I believe was inappropriate. 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. I have great respect for Oklahoma’s tribal members and I celebrate their traditions and culture. As governor, I work hand in hand with tribal leaders on everything from disaster response to economic development. Tribal governments are important partners to our state government, and I value the good relationships my administration has cultivated with them.”
Also on Monday, the Norman Music Festival Chairperson Gene Bertman released the following statement:
“The Norman Music Festival does not support the actions of Pink Pony at our festival on Saturday night. We had no prior knowledge of the performance content, and we oppose their use and depiction of American Indian artifacts and symbols,” Bertman said. “We certainly understand that these actions do nothing but promote racism, cultural discrimination, and religious discrimination. The Norman Music Festival is here to support artists and bring people together – not divide them. We apologize to anyone who was offended.”