On Friday May 23, gunman Elliot Rodger killed six people and wounded 13 others during a rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., near the campus of University of California Santa Barbara. But Exene Cervenka, singer of the long-running punk band X, isn't completely convinced.
Over the past several days, Cervenka has taken to Twitter to share numerous conspiracy theories involving the tragedy, writing, "added a video to a YouTube playlist… Santa Barbara Shooting Staged For Gun Control." In another, she wrote, "So sick of these hoaxes."
After receiving an understandable wave of backlash, she attempted to clarify her views earlier today:
i never said no one died. it's the media that covers up and lies to us about these events. questioning authority is ok, people.
— Exene Cervenka (@exenecervenka) May 29, 2014
The 58-year old's Twitter page is covered with various bits of anti-establishment paranoia, White House conspiracies, UFO stories and the like. Earlier this year, the website Dangerous Minds highlighted the YouTube ramblings that the self-described "conspiracy therapist" had posted. These videos often involve her fear of a "shit hits the fan" moment in which society breaks down into lawless chaos. In one video, she urges women to seek out men who can shoot guns and kill their own food to protect them from the fray.
Cervenka's recent comments may complicate X's upcoming plans, or at least alienate fans. From July 10 to 13, the 70s punk act is slated to perform its first four albums in their entirety at Hollywood's Roxy Theatre.