Christina Fallin's band creates controversy at Norman Music Festival
By Keaton Fox
Christina Fallin, daughter of Governor Mary Fallin, and her band Pink Pony, posted on Facebook the band would perform in "full regalia", stirring controversy.The band performed at Norman's Music Fest Saturday night. Fallin's band was not in regalia, but according to photos, Fallin appeared in a shawl that imitated Native American style with "sheep" written on the back. She also performed a fake war dance, attendees said.Protesters picketed the show with signs that read "Culture is not a costume" and "I am not a costume."See photos from the protest here. The move elicited a strong response from national groups like the EONM (Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry) who called the move insulting and purposeful.Fallin recently caused trouble when she posted a photo of herself in a Native American war bonnet. Groups then called the move culturally insensitive and inappropriate.Oklahoma City writer Louis Fowler protested Fallin's appearance. He called Fallin's actions distasteful and disrespectful."We're a dying culture," Fowler said. "It's easier to mock that. And to treat us like we're imbeciles or savages? I think they're generally surprised we're mad at this."In a news release, EONM said it sought an apology for "this direct attack" and asked the Governor to distance herself from her daughter's actions.
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