Before leaving the stage when accepting her award for Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1997, a young Fiona Apple shouted, “This world is bullshit, and you shouldn’t model your life on what we think is cool, and what we’re wearing and what we’re saying.” As a brilliant but fragile woman who’s never had a problem vocalizing her own internal battles into her art, she’s also become known for her public displays of emotion. “I don’t think I’ll ever have an idea of what I look like to the rest of the world,” she told us back in May in 2012.
“It’s all your own perception. I could easily be concerned with how I’m taken and then have all the good stuff filtered through to me and choose to believe that. For the rest of my life it’d be the truth for me, but not the whole truth.” And after yelling at the audience to “shut the f–ck up” and storming off stage at a Tokyo fashion party back in August, last night Apple encountered another incident during a show at Portland’s Oregon’s Newmark Theatre.
During her show, which she played with Blake Mills, apparently the set was already giving off a unbalanced vibe
—with Apple’s usual on-stage antics and saying things like “See, Christians? You can still have a good time and keep your virginity without butt sex”—when an audience member began heckling her. According to the Oregonina
, a member of the crowd yelled out: “Get healthy – we want to see you in 10 years,” to which Apple responded
: "I am healthy! Who the fuck do you think you are?…”I want you to get the fuck out of here. I want the house lights on so I watch you leave!" To make things worse, a male audience member exclaimed that she was a “has-been” before the heckler continued with “I saw you 20 years ago and you were beautiful!" Like the trooper she is, Apple finished her set through her sobbing tears and apologized to the audience. Her show tonight in Seattle has been cancelled.
Okay fine, yes, concert crowds acting idiotically is nothing new, but I’ll never understand the mindset of those who think it’s in any way appropriate to boo and hiss at those that are, not only exposing themselves and putting on a show for you, but one that you most likely paid a decent price for. It’s Fiona Apple for f–cks sake, has the women ever been the model of stability? No, she’s been the model for those who say, screw you, I’m going to deal with my shit like a normal person the best I can and if I’m a little off, at least I can channel into these beautiful albums I have continued to make for the past twenty years.
Moral of the story: most humans are insufferable and cruel.