A British singer quickly learned people get really pissed off when you show up to their trees and plants.
Beth Orton released a video for her song “1973” on Friday – then quickly took it off the internet (because everyone knows, deleting things on the internet makes them go away forever) – because people were pissed:
— team love records (@teamloverecords) May 28, 2016
— Gary Daigneault (@GaryDaigneault1) May 31, 2016
— Mira Crisp (@misscrisp) May 28, 2016
The singer took it down after upsetting plenty of Joshua Tree residents by spray painting a Joshua tree and cholla cactus green, blue, red, and orange in the video.
Orton has since apologized on her Facebook page, saying “I am so sorry. I feel sick with disgust. I was told the tree was already dead. … Please let me know what I can do to help make some kind of amends. I did not direct the video and was following direction but now I know what I have been part of I feel utterly devastated and of course take responsibility for my part. I am truly and deeply sorry.”
The lot is owned by the Noah Purifoy Foundation. A spokesperson for the foundation told Z107.7 that they did not give Orton’s crew permission to film on the property.
A resident of Joshua Tree has a petition on Change.org calling for Orton to make a donation to the Mojave Desert Land Trust to pay for the clean up.Thank you for your support of Cactus Hugs. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date.
(Images via YouTube / Z107.7)