Stevie Nicks, the iconic Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter, has faced a maelstrom of reactions from fans and the public after her recent comments on the Maui fires, a disaster that tragically claimed 89 lives and is now considered the deadliest wildfire event the U.S.
has seen in over a century. Taking to Instagram on August 12th, Nicks shared her personal experiences and connection with Maui. The 75-year-old artist detailed her deep ties to the island and Lahaina, a city she describes as the "most magical place on earth," which was ravaged by the flames.
She spoke of her home, where she's spent time since the 1980s, and her niece's recent visit, which was tragically curtailed by the fires.
Fleetwood Mac's Maui Connection
Her post delves into the connection between the island and Fleetwood Mac, with mentions of fellow band members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie and their fond memories of Maui.
Nicks paints a picture of the island's significance to her, walking Lahaina's streets, visiting its art galleries, and even the origins of the opals she wears. However, it was her reference to her niece's interrupted vacation amidst the disaster that drew ire from many.
Critics quickly labeled the post as "privileged," accusing Nicks of being "tone-deaf" and "self-centered." One fan lamented, “People lost their homes and more, and you’re emphasizing your niece not having a vacation home to relax in”.
In contrast, a contingent of supporters rallied to Nicks' defense. They argued that the songstress' post was not an act of insensitivity but an attempt to shed light on the lack of awareness surrounding the fires. Many residents, including Nicks' family, were unaware of the imminent danger, with no sirens or sufficient warnings.
Defenders also emphasized Nicks' portrayal of the devastation and loss experienced by the island's residents, suggesting critics misunderstood her intentions. "She’s sharing how part of her family was connected to the tragedy that destroyed homes of the indigenous that she deeply cares for," one fan noted.
As the debate continues, celebrities are using their platforms to raise awareness. Jason Momoa, the "Aquaman" star, took to social media urging individuals to avoid vacationing in Maui at this time. The fires, which started on August 8th, were exacerbated by hurricane-driven winds, destroying not only homes but also impacting wildlife, including a treasured 150-year-old banyan tree.