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.

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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