Fiona Apple Cancels Her Current Tour [Pic & Text]

Submitted by: fancylad 4 years ago Weird


If you can"t read crazy, here"s the transcript...

It"s 6pm on Friday,and I"m writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet.
I am writing to ask them to change our plans and meet a little while later.
Here"s the thing.
I have a dog Janet, and she"s been ill for almost two years now, as a tumor has been idling in her chest, growing ever so slowly. She"s almost 14 years old now.I got her when she was 4 months old. I was 21 then ,an adult offi
cially - and she was my child.
She is a pitbull, and was found in Echo Park, with a rope around her neck, and bites all over her ears and face.
She was the one the dogfighters use to puff up the confidence of the contenders.
She"s almost 14 and I"ve never seen her start a fight ,or bite, or even growl, so I can understand why they chose her for that awful role. She"s a pacifist.
Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life, and that is just a fact.
We"ve lived in numerous houses, and jumped a few make shift families, but it"s always really been the two of us.
She slept in bed with me, her head on the pillow, and she accepted my hysterical, tearful face into her chest, with her paws around me, every time I was heartbroken, or spirit-broken, or just lost, and as years went by, she let me take the role of her child, as I fell asleep, with her chin resting above my head.
She was under the piano when I wrote songs, barked any time I tried to record anything, and she was in the studio with me all the time we recorded the last album.
The last time I came back from tour, she was spry as ever, and she"s used to me being gone for a few weeks every 6 or 7 years.
She has Addison"s Disease, which makes it dangerous for her to travel since she needs regular injections of Cortisol, because she reacts to stress and to excitement without the physiological tools which keep most of us from literally panicking to death.
Despite all of this, shes effortlessly joyful and playful, and only stopped acting like a puppy about 3 years ago.
She"s my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she"s the one who taught me what love is.
I can"t come to South America. Not now.
When I got back from the last leg of the US tour, there was a big, big difference.
She doesn"t even want to go for walks anymore.
I know that she"s not sad about aging or dying. Animals have a survival instinct, but a sense of mortality and vanity, they do not. Thats why they are so much more present than people.
But I know that she is coming close to point where she will stop being a dog, and instead, be part of everything. Shell be in the wind, and in the soil, and the snow, and in me, wherever I go.
I just can"t leave her now, please understand.
If I go away again, Im afraid she"ll die and I won"t have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out.
Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed.
But this decision is instant.
These are the choices we make, which define us.
I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship.
I am the woman who stays home and bakes Tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend.
And helps her be comfortable, and comforted, and safe, and important.
Many of us these days, we dread the death of a loved one. It is the ugly truth of Life, that keeps us feeling terrified and alone.
I wish we could also appreciate the time that lies right beside the end of time.
I know that I will feel the most overwhelming knowledge of her, and of her life and of my love for her, in the last moments.
I need to do my damnedest to be there for that.
Because it will be the most beautiful, the most intense, the most enriching experience of life I"ve ever known.
When she dies.
So I am staying home, and I am listening to her snore and wheeze, and reveling in the swampiest, most awful breath that ever emanated from an angel.
And I am asking for your blessing.

I"ll be seeing you.
Love, Fiona

...because her dog"s dying. Koo-koo, koo-koo. Her Facebook message inside.
There are 60 comments:
Male 1,216
Seems fairly reasonable, she`s a human too, and can experience emotion. She is not your servant to make a show for you whenever you feel like it, she can do what she wants.
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Male 3,894
it`s "Cuckoo", like the bird.

But I think this is just sweet, and human.
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Female 178
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated
- Mohandas Gandhi

She shows great compassion for an animal that she obviously loves with all her heart. What`s so koo koo about hat?
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Male 878
@ghetto... If you can get through all my typos, you`ll notice that the humble opinion referred to the second sentence. Not the first. I agree, anybody can do what best works for them. I can respect that right to be slightly inadequate.
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Male 886
@burbclaver Your opinion is not too humble when you are saying you feel "superior" to those of differing opinions.

She did the right thing for her. I would do the same...
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Male 878
I feel superior to inadequate people who place the love of animals on equal terms with relationships people. INHO animals should be eaten or ignored. They shouldn`t be imprisoned for our pleasure or anthropomorphized in ridiculous ways. We owe to animals to let them be animals, not subject to us.
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Male 106
Koo-koo my ass. Postponing the tour is the most sane thing she could do.
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Male 379
tldr; also, don`t care.
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Male 2,549
Wow, after reading this I feel emotionally nourished and inspired and ALIVE...that`s not going to last for very long is it?
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Female 325
I read this last night and got a little teary-eyed. My ex put our dog down last month and this was super relevant to my feels.
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Male 2,143
A dog is better than a human.Ms. Apple has my respect.
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Male 5,094
Everything for a controversy eh, Fancy? Controversies generate clicks generates profits.
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Female 4,039
Oh that made me cry - I had to put my 18 year old cat to sleep in May becuase he also had a tumor - it could not be operated on and he was on meds and stuff since 2006 or so and did really well for the most part. He was such a sweet funny boy and I seriously could barely function for months. I can`t imagine anyone doing anything but what she`s doing. Sad.
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Male 7,378
I don`t like the term "rescuing" a dog. You either get a dog or you don`t. You`re not rescuing anything. Makes dog ownership somehow sound heroic. It`s not. Dogs are mans greatest invention and all they want in return is companionship. Owning a dog that was bred for you is just as righteous as a dog that you pick up from the pound.
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Male 404
i`ve noticed fancy employs patrice wilson like tactics to get comments on his posts. she might be a emotional train wreck but shes not crazy. also, rescuing an dog brings way more of an emotional connection then buying a perfectly healthy dog from a puppy mill. little known fact: irunfast86 has emotions.
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Male 2,332
@Ferdyfred

Actually I`ve had both since I was 10, but I remain aware that they are animals and I don`t try and humanize them by attributing qualities I want to find in them like this lady clearly does.

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Male 2,859
"Koo-koo, koo-koo."

Twat.
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Male 2,416
@burbclaver

She did, it might not be your proportion but it sure as hell is hers.
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Male 878
TLDR, but it`s a dog for crisake. Get some proportion.
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Male 671
Having a cat I love very much I can see how she can feel this way and isn`t up to tours at the moment.
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Male 41
Lol fancys all like `dance monkeys dance!`
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Male 14,773
Replace

"I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship."

"I will not be the woman who puts many thousand fans who have bought tickets, nor the many professionals who have invested time and energy in my tour ahead of love and friendship."
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Male 3,081
I get it.

When I was in my early teens I got a puppy...he was great - a black lab/doberman cross. When I joined the military I had to send him to my mother`s in scotland to live.

Every time I got leave and saw him he`d do that `really excited-pissing-in-zig-zags` things that dogs do. Well one day I got the call that he`d got a tumour on his spine and I told my CO I needed the next day off as leave so I could get back to scotland to be with him at the vets when he was put to sleep. He gave me the leave straight away.....mind you he did say I was drating mad.



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Male 164
i happen to be a fan of fiona apple. only got into her stuff a couple of years ago, long after she left the limelight. she`s a talented singer/songwriter/musician who sadly got stuck with the label of being nothing more than a whiny rape victim. if the lyrics she writes reflect her personality, then i`m not surprised to see her write this letter. good for her, far too many people put their career far too high on their priority scale.
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Male 13,624
had a Persian cat - smokie for 9 years, had a tumor when he was 6 spent thousands trying to sort him out, had to put him down in the end, and it killed me,still have his brother, it was his brothers response which hurt, smokie died a few years ago, and Winston (his brother) gathered him up in his paws and rubbed his face up to him, tis what killed me
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Male 13,624
Reignblazer
Never had a pet dog/ cat then eh?
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Male 364
As a current dog owner, and having lost 5 or 6 dogs in the past, I see exactly where she`s coming from. The love for a dog is different to that of a human. Not better, not worse, just different. And when you lose your dog, it is different to losing a human. Again, not better or worse.

Only a dog owner would be able to sympathise.
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Male 2,332
Yep. Definately crazy.

It`s a dog..but clearly she`s convinced herself it`s everything that`s been missing in her life so she`s clinging on like a drowning man to a piece of timber. I`d hate to see what she`ll be like once the dog finally leaves this world.

also this

"I`d like to think that if my dog required injections on a daily basis, was on the verge of panicking to death and had a tumor I`d have the balls to end her suffering."
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Male 13,624
Beaux66
`You have a cold black heart, fancylad.`
You dont know the start of it sir
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Male 13,624
Never heard of her,
but I can see wheres shes coming from
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Male 11,740
[quote]You have a cold black heart, fancylad.[/quote]

You`re obviously new here Beaux66. Everyone who`s been here a while knows that he`s a douche.
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Male 10,339
Would you Dead-Kittens?




Just kidding. I would too....

15 years ago.

Look at them DSLs.
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Male 51
You have a cold black heart, fancylad.
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Male 802
Shocked to learn that she is still recording music and touring.

I`d like to think that if my dog required injections on a daily basis, was on the verge of panicking to death and had a tumor I`d have the balls to end her suffering.
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Male 535
Keep in mind, Trent Resnor did the same exact thing with Nine Inch Nails MID-TOUR when his dog fell out of a hotel window & was killed...
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Female 1,516
As someone who has lost a best friend (who happened to be furry and have a tail), I can understand this and respect it.
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Male 198
I actually respect the decision, the dog is obviously very important to her personally.
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Male 3,909
Nothing wrong with that, you`re a douche Fancy.
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Male 1,252
When that dogs life finally blinks its going to have a last minute `scramble for life`panic attack and rip her face off. Sweet sentiment though and Id totally hit Fiona. just sayin`.
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Male 10,339
I love dogs, but.... It`s a dog.
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Male 37,888

Who the hell is Fiona Apple?

Never mind. I don`t care.
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Male 184
you suck fancylad.
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Male 3,445
Crazy? What`s the matter with you?
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Female 2,549
That is touching.
I would not leave my dogs side when she is Iill either.

Dog`s don`t have a concept of economical obligation. People will understand, they have a concept of unconditional love.
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Male 2,988
who? this the character from shrek? the girl ogre.
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Male 480
If her dog is suffering that much, she really should have it put to sleep. She thinks it`s going to be a peaceful and poignant moment, and it isn`t. It`s a horrid thing watching an animal drown to death in its own lungs.

Too many people worry about what sort of person it makes them to have a pet put down, but believe me... It`s a mercy.
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Female 1,236
Good for her--lucky Janet, she`s truly loved.
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Female 57
Her wording at some points were strange but I would be doing the exact same thing as her. There is a reason dogs are called mans best friend. They are special creatures who just love you unconditionally and I don`t understand how some people can`t see that.
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Male 2,034
Crazy? Have you ever owned a dog?
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Male 2,416
I would do the same thing without any form of hesitation, and i admire her bravery for allowing people to see her sadness and love she felt for her companion, with the knowledge that some immature folks are gonna riducule you (yeah i`m looking at you fancy) The part that worries me is indeed the bit about the socks, thats a bit .... koo koo
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Male 5,005
Fiona you are a rare example of real human kind.
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Female 1,205
so that turned into a rant against dressing up dogs...sorry about that. Lost my main point. Which is basically, this isn`t crazy. I wouldn`t respond in the same way, but no one would. Her response is her own, her choices are her own and I am sure her fans will understand.
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Female 2,764
While I`ll admit she used different words then I would have, I can relate and understand her true love for her best friend. I`m dealing with my Maggie aging as well and I will be there for her just the same.
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Female 1,205
Um...I could kind of understand this, where she`s coming from. I love animals, and sometimes animals can be family. As much as I LOVE dogs though, I`m not sure that I would be that attached to my dog (whenever I get one)... but that might be because I have a steady boyfriend of 5 years and going. I just hope that she didn`t like...buy the dog sweaters or anything. I HATE when people do that. I truly believe that best relationship with a dog is to let it be a dog. It`s a companion, a friend, a family member, but still a dog. It doesn`t need sweaters or diamond collars. It needs to swim and retrieve if it`s a Labrador. It needs to shepherd and round-up animals if it`s a boarder collie, and it needs to protect and guard if it`s a Great Pyrenees.
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Male 533
Wait wait wait....She wears SOCKS to BED?! This chick is wackadoo.
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Female 1,540
The only crazy part in my opinion is.."Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed." But other than that I don`t think this makes her crazy at all. When you have had a companion (be it a cat, dog, bird, w/e) for such a long time their loss is just as hard as losing a human loved one. When I lost my cat of 17 years (got her when I was 3) it was like losing my left arm...she was always with me.

Plus this could be a way for her to cope...
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Male 324
What`s koo-koo? Frankly, the way she wrote that, I wouldn`t be terribly upset even if I`d bought a ticket, and I`m not an "animals are people, too" sort of guy. This is a relationship that`s important to her, and it`s her decision to make.

The thing is, as fortunate as she has been with her music career, and as much passion as she has for it, and as much as she owes to fan support, it is still her career, her job. Who, at the end of their life, looks back and says, "I wish I`d worked more instead of spending a few moments at home with loved ones (even dying animal loved ones)?"
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Male 1,511
I started reading it thinking "what a joke, for a dog?" I ended it thinking that she made the right choice...good for her.
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Female 247
I don`t think it`s that crazy...I get it, she has different priorities.
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Male 19,840
Link: Fiona Apple Cancels Her Current Tour [Pic & Text] [Rate Link] - ...because her dog`s dying. Koo-koo, koo-koo. Her Facebook message inside.
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