Texan police tell Fiona Apple to ‘shut up and sing’ following arrest for cannabis possession

Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department don't take kindly to singer's onstage rant

Texan police have issued a public letter telling Fiona Apple to “shut up and sing” after she launched an onstage rant following her arrest for cannabis possession.

Apple was arrested last week (September 20) was arrested at a border stop after police found a small amount of hashish – a strong form of cannabis – on her tourbus. Although the singer was temporarily detained at Hudspeth County Jail, she was released over the weekend (September 22) and verbally attacked the authorities during a show in Houston later that evening.

During the rant, which you can watch by scrolling down and clicking below, Apple referenced the incident and said: “Most of the people were very nice to me. There are four of you out there, and I want you to know I heard everything you did, I wrote it all down with your names and everything you did and said stupidly thinking I couldn’t hear and see you.”


Apple, who was arrested at Sierra Blanca, at the same spot where Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have previously been arrested for drugs in the past. went on to say that officers had “laughed at her all night” and their actions had been motivated by a hankering for publicity, concluding: “I’ll make you fucking famous any time you ask.”

Now, according to Pitchfork, an open letter from an officer named Rusty Fleming of Hudspeth County Sherrif’s Department has responded angrily to Apple. “First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you,” it reads. “I don’t need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine…”, before adding:

Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say. – now you’ve been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don’t worry Sweetie. I won’t bill you.

The missive goes on to say: “Next, have you ever heard of Snoop, Willie or Armand Hammer? Maybe if you would read something besides your own press releases, you would have known BEFORE you got here, that if you come to Texas with dope, the cops will take your DOPE away and put YOU in jail…

“Even though you and I only met briefly in the hallway, I don’t know you but I’m sure you’re an awesome and talented young woman and even though I’m not a fan of yours, I am sure there are thousands of them out there,” it continues. “And I’m sure that they would just as soon you get this all behind you and let you go back to what you do best — so my last piece of advice is simple “just shut-up and sing”.

Apple released her fourth album ‘The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do’ on June 19. The LP is the follow up to to her third album ‘Extraordinary Machine’, and her first studio offering for seven years. 
Her debut record, ‘Tidal’, was released in 1996 and she received a Grammy for Best female Rock Vocal Performance from the single ‘Criminal’, which was released from that album in 1998.