The Flaming Lips‘ frontman Wayne Coyne has spoken about being thrown off Instagram.
Speaking to NME ahead of The Flaming Lips‘ joint show with Tame Impala last night (October 1) at Terminal 5 in New York, Coyne said his friends and fans encouraged him to take a stand and protest against the deletion of his account, but that he “didn’t care that much”.
Coyne’s account was deleted after he posted too many explicit images, but he explained that the pictures he posted from his Womb Gallery in Oklahoma City last month were actually of a naked statue and not of a real person.
Coyne commented: “I know that they would take things down if you posted too much naked things… I know that Instagram’s like that, but sometimes I would forget, because I’m taking pictures of paintings and cartoons and stuff. We had an opening at our gallery and I was doing a lot of pictures of stuff at the gallery and there was a statue we have and she’s naked, but if I take a picture, you can’t tell if she’s a statue – and I forget that.”
He continued of the eventual deletion of his account: “I knew that they take stuff down, but I think they have a policy of, like, ‘If you get three in one day, man, you’re out’. And I woke up Sunday, and everyone was like, ‘Dude, what happened!?’.”
Coyne explained that he simply started another account, rather than kicking up a fuss. “Everybody else wanted me to protest, and I should’ve, [but] I don’t care that much.” Coyne set up a new account following his other account’s deletion, writing: “Got kicked off my old Instagrammmm account !!! Sorry !! This is the new one!!” at instagram.com/wayneflaminglip.