Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips started it when he told Rolling Stone what he thought of the Arcade Fire: “We’ve played some shows with them and they really treat people like shit. Whenever I’ve been around them, I’ve found that they not only treated their crew like shit, they treated the audience like shit. They treated everybody in their vicinity like shit,” etc. He had more to say.
Then Arcade Fire’s frontman Win Butler responded on the band’s website: “I can’t believe I am actually writing to defend my band’s “real” personality. I wish I could not respond to something like this, but the reality is that people will be asking me questions about if for the next 5 years I also fear that people will base their opinion of our band on the media quotes of a guy who doesn’t even know us.” And he, too, had more to say (click on Win).