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.
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.
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.