Memories get hazy and fade with time, but if you’re shocked by John Maus and Ariel Pink’s participation in the attempted Trump-fueled coup, you shouldn’t be.
The dumb and dumber music friends might have been able to develop their robust pre-teen following before the music scene’s great awakeneing, but they’re both artists with many allegations.
First of all, if you haven’t heard about Burger Records yet, where have you been? The label and many of their artists were all called out for sexual misconduct. Ariel Pink was never actually on the insidious label’s roster, but he is a well-known related artist to its scene and has worked closely with its artists, founders, etc. His name was even specifically called out on lists of Burger Records artists accused of assault, rape, and/or grooming of minors. He’s even quoted in The New Yorker saying “Everybody’s a victim, except for small, white, nice guys who just want to make their moms proud and touch some boobies.”
The Burger association is reason enough to find Pink repulsive, but there’s more. Pink apparently also supports the hate group the Westboro Baptist Church, called Grimes “stupid and retarted,” and has been an outspoken Trump supporter from the start, constantly tweeting his support of the president. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he was in attendance at the Capitol Hill riots. He even tweeted “vote for trump” the day after.
John Maus, Pink’s date to Capitol Hill, isn’t as obviously disgusting as Pink but has had his share of worrisome moments before the riot. Maus tweeted a quote from Pope Pius XI condemning Nazism after it came to light that he was at the violent MAGA gathering, but he hasn’t clearly stated his political/humanitarian views—and they are very much in question right now. Though he doesn’t outright voice his support for Trump and whtie nationalism as much as Pink does, he looked awfully excited while standing outside the Capitol.
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This isn’t Maus’ first brush with white nationalism. In 2016, he appeared on the now-canceled Adult Swim show Million Dollar Extreme. The show was cancelled due to its promotion of racist, sexist, and generally bigoted viewpoints—no surprise, since its creator Sam Hyde is a prominent alt-righter. Maus not only never condemned Hyde or the alleged Nazis who worked on the show, but he also called them “nice” and told Noisey “The idea that it just encourages violence against women, maybe I’m just too dumb. I didn’t see that or something like that.”
More recently, both Maus and Pink are featured in the documentary TFW No GF, which sympathetically paints incels as victims. Funny enough, the film’s director Alex Moyer was the third member of their MAGA riot-attending trio.
Some might think it’s too harsh to cancel Maus over a blurry political stance, (even though he also voiced his support for shutting down small record shops which is cancel-worthy in my opinion), but our political stances define us now more than ever. It’s simply not okay to be a prominent figure in music or pop culture and not have a stance on subjects like overt white supremacy and racial injustice. For Maus, his Capitol riot attendance is a clear enough statement of his stance.
Pink was dropped from his label, Mexican Summer, after the revelation of his participation in the attempted MAGA coup. As for Maus, he hasn’t released a new album since 2017’s Screening Memories (which had a 2018 addition with Addendum), but with his hands full of far-right propaganda, who knows what he’s cooking up for whatever fans he has left? Maybe the better question is, who cares?