Otep Frontwoman Clears Up “Misunderstandings & False Reports” Over Homophobic Tweet With ‘Mayhem Festival’ Co-Founder


Otep frontwoman Otep Shamaya has revealed that she has spoken with ‘Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival‘ co-founder John Reese to clear up the “misunderstandings & false reports” surrounding her allegations that an “openly homophobic corporate sponsor” may have kept her band off this years ‘Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival‘.

In a series of tweets made earlier this week she alleged that the sponsor was Rockstar Energy Drink—though she provided little evidence; merely stating “I know a thing or 2 about a thing or 2” to a fan who disputed her claims.

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Taking to her Twitter again today (April 02nd). She once again called out ‘fake news blogs” for “sensationalizing” her tweet while offering the following of her chat with Reese:

“Didn’t realize how many fake news blogs would sensationalize a single tweet I posted to try to take advantage of your ad clicks. #wow My job as a cultural arsonist is to set fires inside the minds of the masses to make ppl think. Sometimes that has unintended consequences. A lot of these fake news sites just repost tweets without adding any journalistic qualities to it at all so they can make $$$ from ur visit.

They invent fake controversies w/out investigating, w/out questioning, just to incite readers. My tweet about @MayhemFest is a good exmple Thankfully, I just got off the phone with John Reese who runs @MayhemFest & we cleared up the misunderstandings & false reports. Since the release of my 1st album in 2002, the extreme music community has come a long way in terms of social awareness & acceptance.

My conversation w/John Reese was productive & insightful. We’re both fighters who carved our own place in music. @MayhemFest #respect”

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