Attending political events in the US is now grounds for having one’s life destroyed, if indie singer-songwriter Ariel Pink’s current predicament is anything to go by. Pink was present at the notorious pro-Trump rally in Washington on January 6. Hours later, that rally escalated into a violent riot with the president’s hillbilly storm troopers attacking and, for several hours, occupying the Capitol building. Congress was attempting to officially recognize the results of the 2020 Presidential Election, which Trump lost handily.
By the time the trailer trash insurgency had begun in earnest, however, Pink was back in his hotel room taking a nap, he says. He did not storm the Capitol, fight with police, trespass on federal property, or wave a Confederate flag. There is nothing to suggest that he broke the law in any way. But I guess it all depends on how one defines “law.” After all, the big “liberal” army on social media has its own set of laws, and if you violate them, there’s hell to pay.
Just ask Pink. He’s an obscure experimental musician who for whatever reason thinks Donald Trump was a good president. Because he thinks so, he attended a pro-Trump demonstration, which is a right explicitly given him by the US Constitution. Now he’s out on his ear. It all happened faster than a parcel delivery by fast couriers. A day after his attendance at the rally made the news, his record label severed ties with him, writing:
“Due to recent events, Mexican Summer and its staff have decided to end our working relationship with Ariel Rosenberg AKA Ariel Pink moving forward.”
Just like that. Now Pink is essentially radioactive in the indie music world, despite the fact that his support for Trump has nothing whatsoever to do with his art. It’s a cowardly move by Mexican Summer, although I suppose they had their own survival to think of: if they kept releasing Pink’s music, they’d be next on the mob’s hit list. Still, you’d think and hope that record labels—and publishers and production studios—would feel that their first obligation is to their artists. Not so in 2021. They’ll push you under the bus without even thinking about it.
The other night Pink gave an interview to Fox News, which will only serve to seal his new Nazi status in the eyes of the triumphant liberal puritans. During the interview he described himself as “destitute” and “terrified,” adding that his “family’s been getting death threats.” Proportionate?