Bradford Cox starts dialogue with heckler accusing him “cultural appropriation” during Deerhunter show
Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox found himself in an unusual situation while performing at the Showbox in Seattle, Washington, over the weekend.
The good people of Stereogum had been tipped off by Daniela B who was at the gig in Seattle and, after a woman walked to the front of the crowd to shout “fuck you” at Cox, the lead singer stopped the show and started a ten minute conversation after being accused of “cultural appropriation” by the heckler.
Daniela B explained to Stereogum in an email: “During the set, Bradford Cox started a dialogue with a heckler accusing him of cultural appropriation because he said he’s a huge fan of Twin Peaks, and he said was planning on staying in North Bend at the Salish Lodge that night so that he could explore Snoqualmie the next day.”
What ensued is a toe-curlingly awkward situation as the woman is welcomed back to the front of the crowd, passed the microphone by Cox, and asked for her to explain the point she was trying to make. “You’re appropriating Snoqualmie culture,” she said in response to a chorus of boos from the crowd.
Many of the exterior shots for David Lynch’s hit television show Twin Peakswere filmed in Snoqualmie and the surrounding areas, a point in which Cox was referring to in his earlier comments. As the dialogue between Cox and the woman becomes more muffled, the frontman asks: “Is there something about North Bend that I should know? I’d like to hear it,” but she declines to reply.
As can be heard in the below video, she simply replied: “Why should I, as a person of colour, have to tell you about it?” Cox countered: “So that I can empathise and relate to your point.”
The back and forth doesn’t reach a definitive conclusion and, as Cox quickly pointed out, the woman wrongly identifies the singer as male and she mentions his decision to lead a non-sexual/asexual lifestyle.