The juxtaposition of these headlines made my rather rocky morning:
Richard Spencer: ‘Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right’
Depeche Mode tells “lifelong fan” Richard Spencer to fuck off
Naturally, it was just a matter of hours before Richard Spencer’s favorite band also publicly declared it wanted nothing to do with him. In a blanket statement issued to any publication who asked for one, a Depeche Mode spokesman replied, “That’s pretty ridiculous. Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt right and does not support the alt right movement.” Unnecessary, perhaps: The band has made no secret of its liberal beliefs, beginning with its flirting with Marxist imagery on 1983’s Construction Time Again, and—while promoting its new, politically charged album Spirit—singer Dave Gahan recently compared Trump to Hitler.
I'm not personally a fan of Depeche Mode's music, but I'm now a fan of the individuals who make up the band. I'm a fan of anyone and everyone who shits on Spencer's dreams.