Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea On Thanksgiving: ‘Native Americans Were Slaughtered & Raped’

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea had some critical words for Thanksgiving yesterday. He tweeted, “The native Americans were slaughtered, raped, and robbed by the weird, lying invaders who showed up in ships one day.”

He later added, “I’m aware that thanksgiving is about being thankful for bonds with people. I am very thankful.we still murdered the Indians in my thoughts.”


Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea discussed no longer enjoying listening to The Police and Sting in a new interview with Marc Maron, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“You know it’s funny for me, I like him fine, he’s great, but it’s a weird thing for me. When I was young I loved The Police. Around the time when I started playing rock bass too, I really loved The Police, but it’s the one band that just – and it’s really the only band, like any band I listen to, I go put on the record, and I love it as much as when I was 15 or 20 or whenever. But I put on The Police, and I got the greatest hits, and I finally [went to] put it on.”

“It didn’t hold up for you.”

“It’s the only band ever, and I still know it’s good, like the craftsmanship is good, it seems good, but I don’t know, it’s weird. People think I’m a moron.”

“For me he’s one of those guys, he’s a really good musician, without a doubt. He’s a great musician, he’s willing to try lots of different stuff. It’s just, I don’t cry, I don’t get moved, but I respect it, I just don’t get moved.”

  • nomad

    So is he saying we should cancel Thanksgiving?

    • Justin Siderbox

      Maybe. Thats what I wanna know. What’s your point dude? Do you have one?

  • name

    He doesn’t seem to have a problem living in this country and enjoying everything that has been built since these invaders came in, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, that’s where he takes a stand. Typical no risk and no guts rhetoric that is so common these days.

  • Chris Cornell’s Mustache

    does he feel guilty being a super-rich white man who built his fame and fortune on the foundation of killing all those indians?

  • Corndog

    Terrible show of ignorance for me to say it, but i honestly don’t even know what thanksgiving is. I mean i know it is an America holiday, mostly because i have seen it mentioned in movies, but beyond that i know nothing about it. No clue what exactly it is you folks are giving thanks for or what the occasion signifies.

    • Felonious Punk

      I’m thankful for you, mate!

      Now if we could just get you to stop listening to Pearl Jam and have you enjoying some Foo Fighters, all would be right in the world! My world, anyway..

    • BC

      It was created to give thanks to God for all his blessings and for his blessings on the newly created USA. Look up George Washington’s thanksgiving proclamation, read it for yourself.

      • Corndog

        Thanks for the info, but I think I’ll leave it at that. I’m allergic to religion:)

    • nomad

      It is primarily a secular holiday, although some tie it to religion. It is a giving thanks for the harvest celebration primarily celebrated by a big meal of traditional foods – turkey, potatoes, pumpkin pie.

  • Justin Siderbox

    yeAh so did everyone back then Flea. But make sure when you find that time machine you let me know and we will go back and apologize but i don’t apologize for my family members mistakes, and im surely not about to apologize to someone today for something 500 years ago. White guilt is totally 2015.

  • Joe Costigan

    I wish everyone would just stfu with all this pc bullshit. One of the problems with rock and roll is that no one is railing against the norm which is sensitivity, revisionist history and politically correct bullshit. Flea just needs to shut up – he isn’t part of an alternative counter culture anymore he
    Is part of the ever more insane status quo. The tyrannical left that attacks anyone who does not fall inline with their belief system.

  • Felonious Punk

    I’m offended by Flea’s tweets. Being offended is the thing to be in America in 2015. Even if it’s about stuff that occurred hundreds of years ago in completely different times.

    I’m also offended by the RHCP raping and slaughtering credible funk-rock for the past 15 years.

  • Wam Meesly

    Always makes me laugh when any celebrity, musician, etc climbs up on their holier than thou pedestal. And aside from dismissing a yet another non-relevant person, I always have the same reaction, if they want to be taken seriously, they should donate 99% of their wealth to the cause. And exactly zero have.

  • halcyon

    Flea’s absurd “apology” (or rather, his patronizing instigation of guilt in others) reminds me of a quote from Hot Shots! Part Deux: “In an emotional address at the state capitol Nebraska Governor, Paul Burmaster made a public apology for his state being so flat.”

    It baffles me why certain people feel guilty about things they didn’t do. Yes, it was very wrong to kill the native Americans, but people currently living in the U.S. have nothing to do with that and should not feel guilty about it. Virtually all people in the world have a history of their ancestors invading foreign territories and killing the natives. Do people in any countries outside the U.S. and Europe (and perhaps in some former European colonies) feel the need to apologize for things their ancestors did in the past? As far as I know, they don’t. In fact, this concept is very dangerous. It helps perpetuate inequality in our societies by granting privileges to certain groups of people (or even nations as part of the efforts to compensate them for the colonization era) based on a “historical harm” allegedly caused to them. And these privileges sometimes actually seem to paralyze them socially (in terms of not providing them with an incentive to live an independent and responsible life) instead of helping them. In addition, this concept brings people against each other, since it actually says that it is ok to for the “harmed” to have hard feelings against “oppressors” and to demand special rights on this basis.

    • dakotablue

      I have that problem with the idea that black Americans are owed reparations for past slavery. Yes, some of your ancestors were treated horribly, possibly by some of my ancestors, but that’s not you and not me. I had nothing to do with anything that took place before I became a responsible adult. I’m sorry this happened but I’m not going to apologize or pay people on behalf of our great-great-grandaddies!

      • halcyon

        That’s exactly what I’m talking about.

  • nomad

    It would be more constructive if Flea brought attention to the issues that Native Americans deal with today – violence against women & children, substance abuse, living conditions on reservations, having their lands stripped to exploit natural resources, etc.

    • Felonious Punk


      What the fuck has Flea done for the Native American distress in America lately? I don’t see him making any generous donations to the cause the way, say, Ian Astbury of the Cult is known for. I don’t see Flea helping the Native Americans chase John McCain off their reservation every time he has the bright idea to go pay them a visit.

  • Aaron

    wow way to go Flea, overgeneralizing history again. Its easy to comment on stuff when you don’t have to go into specifics. He should watch a history doc on the story behind thanksgiving and he’d see his comments were way off on the native Americans , The feast, and the early English settlers known as the pilgrims. Get the facts Flea.

  • nomad

    If Flea is really concerned about native Americans, this issue would be worth tweeting about!