Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame has found herself being slammed on social media after she penned a post about the Maui wildfires that has been deemed to be “privileged and self-centered.”
Stevie Nicks & her House
Others have wanted
All their lives
To never endure
Loss of loved ones
Having to stand in the ocean so to not loose their life from fire
W little money
W little help
Let us ponder your dilemma
Tone deaf post pic.twitter.com/HKvBhp1xjJ
— elizabeth (@elizabe32184838) August 14, 2023
Nicks’ Wildfires Post
Daily Mail reported that Nicks, 75, took to social media on Sunday night after the centuries-old town of Lahaina was destroyed by the devastating wildfires. Nicks owns a home nearby, but it was not damaged by the wildfires.
“As I am sure you have heard â the island, Maui, where I own a house I have been staying at since the 80s â and the small village, city, most magical place on earth, Lahaina, burned to the ground over the last few days,” Nicks wrote. “And to make the situation worse my young niece, her husband, and their little boy had just arrived for a very needed vacation before she started up her school year (on her way to becoming a psychologist) for 10 days. They had one and a half days of fun and then â the fire started.”
“The power went out at 5.12am (Tuesday morning) but they had no idea why. It was still out at noon, realizing that many houses had also lost power. It was a mystery,” she continued. “My house is 15-20 minutes from Lahaina, but still noone knew about the fire. We knew here in Houston but there was no way to get Jessi (my niece) on the phone.Â The entireÂ area of Lahaina and everything around it was down.”
“But here in Houston… we knew,” Nicks added. “There was no way to know that this amazing town that had survived so much for so long would burn down and disappear into the history books, leaving so much sadness, destruction, and death behind it in its wake.”
Many families were forced to tread into the Sea even though some did not survive even if they were in the water #Hawaii #hawaiifires #LahainaFires #MauiFires #lahaina #Maui #Prayformaui pic.twitter.com/R1q6ZIswT2
— T R U T H P O L E (@Truthpole) August 15, 2023
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Nicks Brings Up Fleetwood Mac
That’s when Nicks brought up her iconic band.
“This island, in so many ways, defines Fleetwood Mac and me and our families,” she stated. “My truth was that I wanted a house here just so I could spend time in Lahaina walking the streets; visiting the art galleries â sitting on the rock wall â Most all the opals I wear on my fingers came from a store on Front Street.Â I hope the sweet lady who owned that store was able to grab all her opals and run. I hope she made it out.”
“Over the next two days we managed to get Jessi and her family back to us. They put their little boy (he’s six) in the back seat with an iPad so he would not see the devastation on the drive up past Lahaina to the airport,” Nicks added. “But they saw it and Jessi and her husband Alec are devastated Now they are back in LA and seeing the news coverage, they are totally freaked out.”
‘They escaped the bullet. My house and surrounding area was not burned,” the “Gypsy” singer said. “The wind took the fire in a different direction. It was all about the wind. Jessi saod there were three doves the house the whole time. There have never been doves there ever. The end result could have been very different.”
“The Lahaina that we knew~ The Lahaina that in many ways connect Fleetwood Mac and our music to the world, is gone,” Nicks concluded. “But my memories of everything that happened to me there is clear as a bell. I will still walk those streets ~ still watch the sunset from the many cool restaurants that we drove in to see every night ~ I will see Mr. Fleetwoodâs beautiful new restaurant rebuilt and sparkling in the middle of Front Street. Lahaina is not gone~ It is just away~.â
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Nicks Hit With Backlash
Unfortunately for Nicks, however, social media users immediately took issue with her post.
“Oh Stevie, love you but Native Hawaiians lost their homes for generations to come, your niece, at best, vacation was ruined, this is not what you shouldâve posted,” one user commented, with another adding, “You’re a queen but this is kinda tone deaf, indigenous people lost their livelihoods and your response is ‘I used to love vacationing here it ruined my nieces vacation.’”
“Girl… I love you, but those people are going to have to start over what took generations to build. They weren’t on a vacation, and your house didn’t burn down. Also…opals?! ” a third person wrote. A fourth user stated, “Are you going to give your house up for native Hawaiians to stay in? Because thatâs what you should be doingâ¦ using your MANY resources to help those wonderful people and places you claim to love so much.”
“Stevie, I love you, but Native Hawaiian’s have been begging people who are not Indigenous to Hawaii to stop moving there and vacationing there,” someone else commented.
BREAKING: The United States has just sent another $200 million in aid to Ukraine.
$200 million to Ukraine today and Maui doesn't even get a comment.
As American citizens in Lahaina, Maui suffer from the loss of life and property President Joe Biden has just sent $200M worth ofâ¦ pic.twitter.com/myNBAJjoh1
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) August 14, 2023
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At the time of this writing, the death toll from the Maui wildfires stands at 96, but officials have warned that this number is likely to grow.
“There are more fatalities that will come,” said Hawaii Governor Josh Green (D). “The fire was so hot that what we find is the tragic finding that you would imagine… It’s hard to recognize anybody. But they’re able to determine if someone did perish.”
Green went on to say that he’s made two trips to Lahaina and “there’s nothing to see except full devastation.”
“The buildings are almost nonexistent. It was so hot that even metal contorted so that you can’t believe what the building was,” he lamented. “But that’s what you see, and obviously there will not be any survivors in the area left. They’ve either escaped and escaped that night and now as we put up some temporary cell capacity, people are calling each other. So the number of missing went from in the 2,000s to 1,300.”
“Look, our hearts will break, beyond repair perhaps, if that means that many more dead. None of us think that, but we are prepared for many tragic stories,” he added. “They will find 10 to 20 people per day probably until they finish. And it’s probably going to take ten days. It’s impossible to guess really.”
Video of the city of #Lahaina damaged by fire. #Maui, the second largest in #Hawaii.
Many #children were left alone at home, their parents gone to work. And of course the kids didn't know what to do in case of a fire. While the exact data has not been disclosed.#Biden is silent. pic.twitter.com/PA7tW0g6Xf
— Mahmood Khan (@Mahmood88239370) August 15, 2023
While we love Nicks just as much as anyone else does, perhaps she should have thought twice before making this post. Please join us in saying a prayer for the people of Hawaii as they continue to deal with these wildfires!
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