First, Fiona Apple got arrested last week in Texas for having marijuana and hashish on her tour bus. Then she went on a tirade during her Friday concert in Houston, implying that some of the officers involved in her arrest engaged in potentially “illegal conduct” and that she would make them “[bleeping] famous anytime you ask.”
Now the spokesman for the sheriff’s office in Hudspeth County, where Apple was briefly held in custody, has reportedly issued a letter that takes the “Fast As You Can” singer to task for her comments.
He adds: “Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say — now that you’ve been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don’t worry Sweetie, I won't bill you.”
He then brings it all to a close by noting that Apple should have known better than to bring drugs through Sierra Blanca, Tex., — a town where Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson and Armie Hammer have all previously been busted for pot possession— and advising her in the future to “just shut-up and sing.”
Well. To be fair, Apple does have a tendency to run her mouth when she might be better off cranking it shut. But this is part of what makes her, to borrow the adjective that appeared Monday in this piece by Grantland, so “Fiona Apple-y.” To her fans, it’s part of her uniquely defiant, quirky, overdramatic charm. Also, for the record, I think some people in this country cared about what she had to say before she got arrested. Some of them have cared since “Tidal” came out in 1996.
But Fleming is partially right when he talks about his own fame. He may not be more famous than Apple, but his name is frequently featured in the media.
In addition to his work for the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office, Fleming is also a documentary filmmaker and writer who made a documentary called “Drug Wars: Silver or Lead.” He also contributes to the CainTV Web site, owned by former presidential candidate Herman Cain. His most recent article, written shortly after the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” was titled, “Gun Control Done Right — It’s called Aim and Shoot!”
So, he doesn’t really need Apple’s help to get his name out there. However, sending an inflammatory letter to her via TMZ clearly does not hurt.
Let’s all hope Apple doesn’t issue a response to his response to her response to her arrest. Because then this is just going to get silly. Or rather, sillier.