Depeche Mode Says Support From Alt-Right Figure Is 'Ridiculous'
Reviled alt-right figure Richard Spencer managed to get some attention on Thursday morning (Feb. 23) without getting punched in the face, though he did, metaphorically, sucker-punch someone else after getting tossed from the conservative CPAC gathering outside Washington, D.C.
According to the Twitter account of New York magazine writer Olivia Nuzzi (via Death and Taxes), as he was being escorted out of the venue, someone asked Spencer if he liked rock and he claimed that Depeche Mode is the "official band of the alt-right."
Richard Spencer, asked if he likes rock music, says "Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right."— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 23, 2017
At best it was an odd statement from the white nationalist, considering that DM have long been favorites in the LGBT community, and were known early on for anthems of inclusivity such as "People are People," whose chorus is "People are people so why should it be/ You and I should get along so awfully?"
Naturally, the band was not having it, with their rep telling Death and Taxes that the claim was "really ridiculous... Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt-right and does not support the alt-right movement." (A spokesperson for DM could not be reached for comment at press time.) Spencer later claimed he was joking, "obviously." But did say he was a lifelong DM fan.
@JefferyXMartin— Richard -- Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) February 23, 2017
I was joking obviously. I'm a lifelong Depeche Mode fan.