Ariel Pink and John Maus.
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Among the crowd at the pro-Trump “Save America” rally on January 6, which eventually gave way to the violent siege on Capitol Hill, were independent provocateurs Ariel Pink and John Maus, who traveled to Washington, DC. Pink clarified her role in the rally on Twitter. “I was in dc to peacefully show my support for the president,” he wrote in response to one user. “I attended the rally on the White House lawn and returned to the hotel and took a nap. case closed. ”Documentary filmmaker Alex Lee Moyer, known for his incel-sympathetic documentary TFW No GF (for which Pink and Maus provided music), posted an Instagram photo of herself, Pink and Maus in a hotel room, tagged in Washington DC, according to screenshots taken before rendering his private account. “The day we almost died, but we had a pretty good time,” she captioned. Moyer also filmed Maus at the rally in front of the Capitol. She later told Pitchfork that she was working with Pink and Maus on an unrelated project.
Pink has long been known for his controversial misogynistic, anti-gay, and Trump-defending remarks. A few days before the rally, he tweeted, “Vote for the trump.” After Twitter users found out about his presence, he also tweeted about the false plot that the election was ‘stolen’ from Trump and attempted to compare the rally to the Black Lives Matter events of last summer. Maus, meanwhile, has spoken in the past about his leftist politics, which seems to go through songs like “Cop Killer” and “Rights for Gays”. But he also courted controversy for appearing on the Adult Swim show. Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace, which was canceled over creator Sam Hyde’s links to the alt-right. Maus never attempted to distance himself from Hyde or the show, telling Vulture of those he had met on set, “Nothing about them suggested they were giving alms to a blood cult. ” He is also a longtime friend and collaborator of Pink’s; Maus defended Pink’s anti-feminist comments in 2014 by claiming that Pink was “a nymphomaniac”. Maus tweeted about a collaboration with Pink in December 2020. He did not directly address his involvement in the protests, but cryptically Tweeter a 1937 encyclical on nationalism given by Pope Pius XI.