This is the second of three pages. The first page presents backstory and outlines accusations made since 2014 against the psych bedroom glam band Foxygen, specifically Sam France, by his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth le Fey, also a former touring member of the group. It does not involve Sean Lennon at all, but is necessary to understand the context from which le Fey recently solicited Lennon and their subsequent interactions, including his defense of what he says are her “slander and lies” against him. In the past two weeks the back and forth between le Fey and Lennon has spiraled across scads of tweets, Tumblr posts, Instagrams and Insta comments. For easier reading these have been collected below on this page. In response to this very public disagreement countless social media users have criticized, attacked, praised and debated Lennon. An overview of his responses is on page three.
After Elizabeth le Fey explained to Impose this past January her version of the events leading up to the restraining order protecting her ex-boyfriend/bandmate Sam France and his family from her, she used the resulting article to try to get potentially sympathetic influential figures to share her story. She tweeted it at Yoko Ono, Best Coast, Tobi Vail (Bikini Kill), activist Rose McGowan, Rookie Mag founder Tavi Gevinson and others but none of them responded. She tweeted it at digital artist Molly Soda who replied she would share it, but never did.
Last month when Desert Daze announced Foxygen had been added to their lineup, Elizabeth called for a protest of the festival. Later she announced on Facebook: “the day that Foxygen is planned to play at desert daze we are probably setting up a show in LA and all the money will go to an organization that helps and educates about abuse.” Again she solicited various influential tweeters to share her story (Best Coast, Carrie Brownstein, Amber Rose, Jezebel, Bitch, Bust, Spin, etc); again none of them responded.
She also solicited one of her most famous twitter followers: Sean Ono Lennon. Unlike the others he did respond, but not as Elizabeth wanted. Though Sean offered condolence (“I sincerely wish you a swift and permanent resolution to what is clearly a terrible situation“) he also defended “the people who put on Desert Daze.” “Please don’t undermine an entire group of people because of one or two assholes in a band,” Lennon wrote. “Desert Daze don’t know anything about you and Foxygen and frankly it’s unrealistic to expect any festival to be judge and jury in regard to the personal dysfunctions and histories of participating artists.” Below see Sean’s original message from August 27th, top left, and the September 6th exchange between Globelamp and Sean that preceded her public outrage the following day in the other three screen shots (the top DM screen shots were tweeted by Sean in response to the bottom two, from Lizzie):
Sean sent these comments in private, but taking offense to his reply, Elizabeth tweeted parts of the messages and publicly accused him of “private messaging me to shut up about the abuse I’ve been through because his friend is running Desert Daze” on September 7th. Lennon replied, “This is slander. I never told you to shut up about abuse.” For the two weeks since they’ve gone back and forth on social media with various of their followers also weighing in and Sean in particular responding to many of his detractors. In doing so Sean has sent several controversial tweets, leading to him being further criticized, attacked, praised and debated (click to page three for more on that). Meanwhile, various websites reported Lizzie’s side of the story. In Nylon Mag’s case their site first published, then took down an article/interview with Elizabeth, “On Sean Lennon, Violence Against Women, And The Power Of Protest.”
“How strange that this article talking about the right to protest, desert daze, foxygen, and sean lennon got deleted,” Globelamp posted on Facebook. “They were probably pressured by sean lennon or foxygen,” she presumed on twitter. “Crazy how by taking this article down they are showcasing exactly what keeps happening to me – trying to silence. At this point it has surpassed my individual story & says something about freedom of speech and who rules the media.”
On Tumblr she repeated, “This is bullshit and a perfect example in a continuation of people trying to silence me. Please spread this story because it isn’t cool at all that publications will take your interview down just because it exposes sexist guys. Please spread this. Tumblr is the only place where I am not silenced.”
Subsequently Lizzie posted screen shots of the entire article on her Tumblr, offered to mail printouts of it on her facebook and shared a change.org petition demanding Nylon put the “story back online!” Nylon has not stated why the article was removed or if Foxygen or Lennon had contacted them. It’s unsubstantiated claims were reason enough for its removal, even if there was no outside pressure to do so. The article said “Lennon retaliated, going on to defend his right to tell her how she should speak about her experience for the next several days,” a claim the differs from Sean’s account of the situation. “I’m not fighting I am simply defending against slander and lies,” he’s tweeted. “I never spoke out! I responded to slander and lies!” “I’m defending myself against slander and lies. Anyone should do the same.” “I just will not take slander sitting down. Misogyny is a disgusting accusation I refuse to accept.” Beyond defending himself, he’s said he is also speaking on behalf of Desert Daze. “I refuse to stand by as she slanders innocents: Desert Daze festival,” Sean tweeted.
Nylon’s article also referred to Lizzie as “a victim of domestic abuse” without a source for that claim or support of the characterization, and alleged “band member and ex-boyfriend, Sam France, hit her [Lizzie] during an argument, knocking out several of her teeth,” an accusation that’s not even completely consistent with le Fey’s own accounts. She recently summarized the situation on twitter, saying “at first I did break my teeth in a shopping cart. thats Y they were messed up & when I got hit in the face they broke again.” “Basically they were chipped, I had caps put on. then after getting hit in the face my caps came out and I had to get implants.” She has previously alleged “my ex boyfriend he back handed me in the face and shortly after that one of my front caps fell out” and clarified that the cap(s) “didn’t fall out right then but it moved them (bc I had caps instead of real teeth) so my mouth was/is a sensitive area.”
Both before and after alleging Sam hit her, Lizzie repeatedly posted about her teeth on the internet, including x-rays of her mouth and pictures of her missing teeth. In July 2013 she explained “2 years ago I broke my front teeth” “I was getting pushed in a shopping cart, it flipped over, and I fell face first onto the concrete.” “i had to get 2 root canals.then decided to keep my jagged broken teeth. People liked them alot.” “But then they broke more and they were so sharp they would cut my bottom lip so I had to get fake teeth and now my fake teeth are fucked.” Two weeks later she told the same story on Tumblr, with a few more details:
“So today I was eating a banana and my front left crown fell out. The whole tooth is gone, there is nothing left. A gap. The remaining tooth was stuck in the crown I guess. I am going to the dentist Monday. It kinda feels weird and I started crying when it fell out, not because it hurt, but because it was so shocking and freaky to see my fucking tooth fall out. I am pissed off. I just got these crowns in 2 years ago, if even that.” (July 20, 2013)
“a few years ago some fool was pushing me in a shopping cart. he started pushing it really fast and I kept yelling out STOP but he didn’t. the next thing I knew the cart flipped over and I fell flat on my face onto the concrete. I thought all of my teeth had fallen out. thankfully only my front teeth were chipped. I left them broken for a year and then had them replaced with veneers. those have been in for about a year and a half and then recently they had moved because of some unknown reason ( I think eating an apple) so I flew back to my home in southern california. while down here my left veneer fell out while eating a banana. so now I have to get implants I think :/.” (July 26, 2013)
Later that summer she began a gofundme campaign to pay for dental work, offering perks like her Globelamp EP and a song personally written to order “about whatever you want.” In late August she tweeted that she would write a song with Sam for a diamond level backer as a reward for his “donation for my teeth.” She needed “4 wisdom teeth taken out and my front crowns taken out and replaced with implants.” Her campaign pitch began, “A year and a half ago I had porcelain crowns put on broken front teeth. Unfortunately after going on an intensive tour I noticed that they had shifted and became crooked. It was bothering me a lot so I flew from Olympia, Washington to Orange County, California to have them checked out by the surgeon who had done the surgery. I had trauma to my mouth after I toured with Foxygen. While I was visiting one literally fell out into a banana. I had to have surgery to have the other crown removed. I talked to my dentist and asked him if I could have the money back from the surgery and he gave me half the amount. I now have been wearing a flipper for the last 2 months and am am toothless with out it.” As stated on page 1 of this article, Lizzie says she broke up with Sam in the months that followed the launch of her gofundme campaign and a 32-page, five year restraining order was issued against her in January 2014.
The back and forth between Globelamp and Lennon dwindled in the past few days, though not before Globelamp accused Lennon of a transphobic statement. “why do you think sean ono lennon thinks getting gender reassignment surgery would make him a woman??? do you think that sean lennon realizes this is transphobic??” she tweeted at Against Me in reference to Sean having said that he has not experienced life as a woman and “I ain’t gettin reassignment surgery just to walk in a woman’s shoes.” Lizzie also took to criticizing Paige Stark of the band Tashaki Miyaki, who she toured with this summer, and Joel Jerome of the Psychedelic Thriftstore record label (which issued the first pressing of Globelamp’s The Orange Glow). In all there’s been untold tweets, Instagrams, Insta comments and Tumblr posts slinging shots between Lizzie and the others. For easier reading these are collected below:
Globelamp: you privately messaging me to tell me to stop protesting is repugnant. look in the mirror buddy.
i am a public blogger who documents my life, didnt you read the link i sent you….obviously not
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Not only is Sean Lennon super intelligent but he was apparently with me at all times when I was hit in the face and framed in court. He seems to think he knows exactly what went on in my personal life and how it effected me. Strange since I don't ever remember meeting the guy, he seems to know exactly what happened to me and feels entitled to tell me to stop protesting desert daze because his friends run it. Oh wah wah your poor friends, Sean! Gee you are right, since hitting your girlfriend was acceptable during Woodstock, we should definitely apply that mentality to now. Very progressive. This might be one of the dumbest things Ive read in a long time. This is exactly why I won't be quiet and why we need change. Thank you Sean for making that even more apparent.
I chose not to take sides in this conflict because I was not there and cannot know.That does not make me a misogynist
Being a feminist does not however mean making judgement for or against a case because someone is a man or woman.
Can’t begin to say what a breach of trust that is. And my having a neutral opinion about your ordeal does not make me a silencer
I take it very personally to essentially be accused of misogyny when I was raised a near militant feminist.
I certainly don’t think abuse should be ignored. But it is not for Twitter to be judge and jury nor a festival.
Elizabeth: Sam is lying! Sam: Elizabeth is lying! Court: Sam wins. You: it’s the patriarchy anyone associated w Sam is bad!
Sean: I’m not angry at her, maybe some of her more abusive followers, but not at her really. But since I did nothing wrong and she did many things wrong it’s normal that I defend against ppl accusing me of horrible things like misogyny and being an abuse apologist. And she has never admitted to throwing me under the bus and then pretending to be a victim of me when the opposite is true. It’s just unconscionable and no self respecting person would put up with it.
She was not wrong to decide to boycott and I was not wrong to tell her not to. She was WRONG to betray my confidence and make this a public debacle nightmare! She has yet to take any responsibility and on the contrary has repeatedly said I pushed myself into her business. Then she implied that I was trying to silence ALL of her campaigning which is also false. I never said don’t boycott Foxygen. She has yet to admit that was also BS. Meanwhile I literally have done nothing to her but defend myself against her choice to go public and betray me and then her choice to frame everything in a terrible light.
But I do think it’s not cool to punish and entire group of ppl for the behaviour of one on principal. It’s because I told her that she chose to go after me publicly. And no I won’t stand down until my accusers retract.
Globelamp: i never asked u 4 yr opinion about desert daze. I asked you to share my article and when you didn’t i didnt reply
out of nowhere you gave me your unwanted advice & told me to “please stop” so please stop playing the victim
Sean: Out of nowhere!!!? You sent ME the article and I have no advise!
playing the victim? Omg the irony is so intense. I really really wanted to like you. But you’re just too ridiculous.
I offered my opinion on desert daze because they are my good friends! That’s normal!
How is you soliciting my support my getting myself involved?
Sean: Actually just started looking into the other side, the one you didn’t tell me. Very interesting actually.
The fact that I don’t know is the point. Neither do Desert Daze. Not knowing means we cannot judge either way: Neutrality.
Sean: Calling you crazy has nothing to do with colonialism not your sex. It simply is calling a spade a spade.
Typical how misguided people think insulting someone who earned it has to be about sex or colonialism.
Sean: Perhaps just unhinged.
Sean: Oooh getting spooky now.
Desert daze is not the problem. I’m not the problem. Lizzie’s ex boyfriend might be the problem. She may also be. No one knows. But the fact is, good people out on desert daze defending that festival by no stretch of the imagination makes me a misogyny or an apologist for abusers. It’s just ridiculous to say that. Good night (morning), all you moral justice warriors. You’ve been shadow box and don’t even know it.
Globelamp: he is trying to dumb me down too saying I am wrong and he is right. I feel like he is used to getting his way.
he prolly could never fathom going to court without a lawyer or being framed..dude prolly had a lawyer at birth
Sean Lennon is showing exactly what is wrong with men in the music world. Its all about them and their ego s and they could nevrr be wrong
i hope one day you are never abused and people call you ridiculous..god bless
To all the random Sean Lennon fans who are mad at me because I asked him to share my court story first read these two articles then come back to me before yelling at me. If you are going to put me down at least know what you are talking about. I asked Sean Lennon to share my Impose story about Foxygen which he declined to do. I respected that and never asked him to share it again. I started a protest against Desert Daze, a music festival, because Foxygen is booked at it. I randomly got a lengthy message from Sean requesting I halt my protest because his friends are running the festival and have a kid. I felt it was offensive that someone with his amount of power was telling me to halt my protest. Didn’t he even read the article I sent him? I feel like I have been black listed and Sean Lennon is adding more to me feeling alienated in the music scene. I have nothing to hide.
Sean, you kept going on & on to my fans/friends about how you were right
and couldn’t see any faults in yr argument. you may not always do this but U weren’t listening
for three days..u argued with them and me about my right to protest a music festival
Globelamp: you may disagree with my protest but I want my voice to be heard about violence in our local scene
i asked sean to share my story he wouldnt take sides then weeks later told me to stop my protest
its not his business, shouldnt he care more about a woman, a fan, a musician talking about abuse? I mean wtf
Globelamp: actually it does.
Sean: My gender class or rave have nothing to do with what is or isn’t ethical. Morality is universal.
Im not acting like anything. I’m just explaining my idea of right and wrong. My class does not invalidate
Sean: I’m absolutely entitled to give you my opinion when you have a campaign maligning and undermining my friends.
I never said you asked for my opinion. Why do you keep saying that? I never asked for you to drag me into this.
Tashaki Miyaki: @globelamp you are 1. A LIAR 2. A HUGE Bully. You are truly the epitome of clueless and ungrateful. You should get seek some help.
after experiencing ur completely psychotic behavior on tour I was hoping to never engage with you again but I will not standby
and let you bully, lie, and insult myself, my band, and joel who have all supported you. It is ur own actions & behavior
Joel Jerome: Don’t believe the hype
They [Tashaki Miyaki] talked during my set when they were even there, most of the time werent there, never hung out with
@bbvenusmilk and I, & were rude af
Every one of my friends that met them thought they were pretentious & stand offish. A true bummer when u invite someone on tour & get them
Tashaki Miyaki: 1. I am sick. You know that! I have extreme Hashimotos- we had to leave after we played so I could get to sleep b4 3am
2. Ya we talked a little with our SF family at Brick & Mortar – who cares! It’s a rock club
Globelamp: I lie? Oh ok paige
Tashaki Miyaki: I will not stoop to your level of personal attacks. Not sure how it’s social climbing to defend my band & one of my best friends
your friend Cherish would apologize to us about your behavior. Check yourself. You are a mean girl.
Sean: Since when is writing someone with an opinion who wrote to them a problem? We all have opinions.
Soliciting doesn’t = asking opinion. Giving my DM opinion is totally normal. You betraying is not.
Sean: Yup and I told you I couldn’t and to not boycott innocent friends. Then you betrayed and now lie.
I don’t know you what perspective am I supposed to have? I only have perspective on those I know.
Sean: Technically going public is a betrayal. Now you continue to lie. You are in fact targeting me.
Is the only protest you have protesting desert daze? If not then stop lying. If yes then you’re pathetic.
Tashaki Miyaki: You’re right Lizzie I struggle with extreme social anxiety and shyness. Thanks for bullying me about it.
don’t worry Sean she’s on me 2 now. It seems shyness & being a sometimes actress are horrid offenses
and trying to stop a bully who is actually all the things she accuses others of being
I was on team globelamp until she started trashing me and Joel for no reason
she’s lying about ME and shaming ME
she lied about ME and JOEL. We both have helped her and she turned on us for no reason and is now bullying
I work hard to combat my shyness but it’s extra hard when im performing. I become v reserved around strangers
I get very overwhelmed and become quiet. I used to shake on stage. Took me years 2 be able to ply in front of people
Tashaki Miyaki: we would’ve happily not played that show. We lost money on gas driving there and back.
we were already several hundred in the hole and we don’t have much
we don’t have a record deal or anything- we took off work and paid out of pocket to tour w
we paid to be on that tour and all @globelamp did was insult us publically
Tashaki Miyaki: I am ill with severe Hashimotos and get easily fatigued. Sorry I didn’t have the energy to be fake nice
it would be fake of me to act overly energetic. Im a shy person. There’s nothing wrong w that
definitely wasn’t trying to be a snob. Just shy and not feelin well.
I work hard to combat my shyness but it’s extra hard when im performing. I become v reserved around strangers
I also feel if when I’m performing if my process is to be introverted before/after playing that should be ok.
Joel: paige from
@tashaki_miyaki is one of my closest friends and supporters, she is a very good, loving human being, she has my full support
@tashaki_miyaki deserves the best from life and would be glad to share any good she has with her friends. To know her, is to love her.
Globelamp: people a lil bit older than me don’t seem to understand how the internet works. they will post offensive things and get upset ppl are mad
a lot of people on the internet are more progressive than the average person when it comes to politics and social justice
so when someone doesnt know that & fires out their outdated opinion, they are basically treading in shark filled water trailing blood
We are looking for permission to be more than our society tells us we are