It doesn’t happen all that often, but every once in a while, middle-aged white men are forced to deal with the consequences of their actions.
And such is the case this week for 42-year-old singer-songwriter Ariel Pink, who travelled to Washington on Wednesday to show his support for President Trump hours before an army of domestic terrorists stormed the Capitol. After a photo of Pink, fellow musician John Maus, and filmmaker Alex Lee Moyer in DC began circulating on Twitter, Pink took to the platform to confirm his attendance. ‘i was in dc to peacefully show my support for the president. i attended the rally on the white house lawn and went back to hotel and took a nap. case closed’, Pink tweeted from a device seemingly devoid of caps lock. He then doubled down with this tweet:
In response, Pink’s label, Mexican Summer, announced via Twitter that they have dropped him from their roster. ‘Due to recent events, Mexican Summer and its staff have decided to end our working relationship with Ariel Rosenberg AKA Ariel Pink moving forward,’ they said.
The photo that exposed his presence was posted to the private Instagram of Alex Lee Moyer, whose recent pro-incel film, TFW No GF, was scored by Pink and Maus. The documentary—which offers a defence of women-hating incels and calls for empathy and understanding towards them—was produced by gun-rights activist and convicted sex offender Cody Wilson. 32-year-old Wilson was arrested in 2018 for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl he met on SugarDaddyMeet.com while posting under the username ‘Sanjuro.’ Three tracks by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti appear on the soundtrack, including 2010’s ‘Revolution’s a Lie.’ Last July, Moyer was a guest on Alex Jones’ Info Wars, which she said was ‘a great honour.’ You can watch the interview (at your own peril) here.
lol @ john maus and ariel pink 🥴 pic.twitter.com/CpIkh3HUvo
— ⚠️ (@emilieaux) January 7, 2021
In December of last year, Pink appeared on the Wrong Opinion podcast, which pulls inspiration from ‘Joe Rogan, Tucker Carlson, and Chris D’Elia’, according to its website. So yeah, it’s about as bad as it sounds. Pink essentially holds a 1.5-hour conversation with himself, spluttering completely misinformed opinions about mail-in voting, Democrats, COVID-19, and more.
On the podcast, Pink addresses Democrats while discussing the ‘stolen’ election, saying, ‘I know you think you won, but I’m just going to put an end to that right now—it’s not happening.’ Swooning over Trump, Pink goes on to declare that ‘everything he says is right’, and that ‘we’ll never see another one like him.’ As his rambling reaches fever pitch when he explains that ‘Trump, for me, is an indictment on anything bullshit. That’s my condition. I’m so gay for Trump. I’d let him fuck me in the butt.’
It doesn’t take long for Pink to go full QAnon, vaguely alluding to cheating via ‘Dominion systems’ and ‘some collaboration with China’, while likening Democrats to ‘dead people’ who are ‘complicit in fraud’. ‘We haven’t had mail-in votes for 150 years!’, he adamantly announces from his ass, despite the fact that in his birth state of California, residents have been allowed to apply for an absentee ballot without an excuse since 1978, and in Oregon, all elections have been conducted by mail since 1998. Washington, Colorado, and Utah all followed suit before the 2016 election—which Donald Trump won. In that election, about 1 in 4 voters across the US cast their votes via ballots mailed to them, even without a pandemic raging.
Despite his pro-Trump stance, in 2020 Pink told Interview Magazine that he doesn’t vote. He also said that Nixon was ‘the best president we’ve ever had’ and that he ‘would’ve liked Hillary a lot more if she had divorced [Bill]. I liked reading her emails though.’ Yawn.
Attending a pro-Trump rally that descended into a violent attempted coup might’ve been a first for Pink, but spouting Trump-esque rhetoric is nothing new for him. In 2014, he told a Pitchfork interviewer that ‘It’s not illegal to be an asshole. It’s not illegal to be racist, even. It’s not illegal to do anything.’ In the same interview, he remarks that he’s ‘no less vulnerable or scared than a girl’ when he walks down the street at night. ‘And you can find the statistics that say there are more rapes on men in the United States in every single year than on women’, he says while speaking directly from his sphincter.
Seven years ago, ex DIIV bassist Devin Ruben Perez’s hateful 4chan comments were uncovered. Among a slew of ugly slurs, Perez shared his opinion on Ariel Pink, stating that Pink was ‘kind of’ a racist and misogynist, but ‘in an endearing way.’ That same year in a profile published in the Guardian, Pink told reporter Rhik Samadder that he loved the Westboro Baptist Church ‘because they’re free-speech advocates.’
In 2017, Pink faced controversy after a fan took to Reddit to recount their experience at his concert the night prior, claiming Pink got alarmingly physical with his then-girlfriend, Charlotte Ercoli, ‘pinning her down’ on stage. Although Ercoli defended Pink on social media the following day, she has since accused him of leaking nude photos of her, and over the weekend retweeted multiple users who commented on Pink’s ‘misconduct’ and ‘predatory behavior’. Coupla audience members in this 2013 video of him forcefully sticking his tongue down their throats might know something about that, too.
And now we’re up to speed.