Former punk hero Exene Cervenka is now just a punk

Another lesson in celebrities are just people too… They should not be given a soapbox to spout their nonsense but they are and people listen.

A punk idol’s truther meltdown.

In recent months, Exene Cervenka — author, artist and, most notably, frontwoman of X — has taken to using social media as a means of expressing her support for various truther theories.

And sure enough, she has of late taken a break from posts about “fake vaccination” drives and the “Orwellian police state” to begin a Twitter spree posting videos about Elliot Rodger and the “Santa Barbara shooting hoax.” She is, she says, “sick of these hoaxes.” She’s sick, apparently, of the allegedly fake videos of Rodger, of the “Proof Glass arrived before police Santa Barbara Shooting Hoax” and the way the “Santa Barbara Shooting Staged for Gun Control.”

It’s a sad thing to watch. It’s hard to feel entirely sympathetic, though, when these truthers are inflicting real pain on the people who’ve suffered the most already — like the family of Grace McDonnell, who were taunted by the thief who stole the young Sandy Hook shooting victim’s memorial sign — because he said her murder was a hoax. So when Cervenka links to a video that calls Richard Martinez, whose son was gunned down by Elliot Rodger on Friday, an “actor,” she is spreading hurt. She is using her fame and her platform to bring a savage amount of additional grief on people who’ve lost their children.

Cervenka has also been vocal about Sandy Hook, the Boston marathon bombings, 9/11 (of course) and anti-vax.

Photo credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

Photo credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

She’s quite off the rails. Her YouTube channel includes videos she produced that call Bill Clinton and Miley Cyrus “Illuminati finger puppets”.

Truthers may mean well but are hard core believers. Their ideas can not be falsified and they can not be convinced with evidence. That is the textbook definition of closed-minded.

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  9 comments for “Former punk hero Exene Cervenka is now just a punk

  1. Mark W.
    May 29, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Illuminati Finger Puppets will be the name of my new punk band.

  2. Stephanie
    May 29, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    At what point do these people and their unsubstantiated, paranoid ideas go from just being a difference of opinion, to a mental illness? It seems like when they let these delusions interfere in their lives and the lives of others then someone should step in. Of course we have terrible mental health care in this country anyway, so it’s no surprise there is no effort to get them help. I wonder if there are just as many crazy conspiracy theorists in other countries that have better mental health care?

    • Haldurson
      May 30, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      My brother (whos’ a head of social work at a hospital) and I always get into arguments over that point precisely. One thing that I kind of agree with him on is that It’s a dangerous precedent to set that merely having an unusual belief would classify you as crazy. There would have to be more to it, maybe that the belief is demonstrably based on delusions rather than just bad logic and faulty facts.

      • stephanie
        May 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        I honestly feel sorry for them. I don’t what it is about them that makes them look at everyday occurrences and see conspiracies all around them. I can’t imagine going through life thinking there were ‘illuminati’ conspiring against us, and mysterious planes spraying chemicals from the sky, and a government that would make up school shootings and populate the world with actors to advance political agendas. That must be a terrifying way to live! I just feel like those people need help when they get to that point.

  3. Bob Blaskiewicz
    May 29, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Wow. Linda Ronstadt looks like hell.

  4. Tribeca Mike
    May 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Two can play this silly game. Exene was in a pretty good alt country band called the Knitters. Think about it. What does the Illuminati do all day but knit plans to subvert the rights of the common folk? One of their better songs was “Wrecking Ball,” and what the Bush administration did to WTC Building 7 was just like a — gulp — wrecking ball! Her other band X had a song called “We’re Desperate,” which pretty much sums up Ms. Cervenka’s cries for attention.

    I could go on and on, but I’d much rather just laugh at her while listening to The Clash.

  5. Brian
    May 31, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    If none of these tragedies happened- um, in her world- does she HAVE any tragedies that are real? I have seen people like her on the roads down here. They freak out because they have to stop at a stop sign, and yield to pedestrians (which they barely do, if at all). There seems to be some sort of spreading mental illness- the religious ‘healers’, truthers, and just joe oblivious, who is so far into his little world. Is it cell phones? Too much internet? Too much reality TV? Would someone PLEASE do a study….

    • Tribeca Mike
      May 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      “does she HAVE any tragedies that are real?” I seriously doubt it. She probably believes the invention of the wheel was part of a cover-up.

  6. Mauro Toffanin
    May 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    You had me at “She’s sick [...]“.

    Is Cervenka actually insane? Clearly, she is since she believe in “invisible lizard-alien overlords”. Either that or she is looking for attention by playing the fool.

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