The experimental singer-songwriter Ariel Pink has never shied away from awkward topics (here's a song about his cat getting neutered). But he may be regretting telling a tale of a date gone wrong on his recent visit to Alexi Wasser's popular YouTube talk show "Alexi in Bed" (which first circulated on Stereogum)
"I got Maced by a feminist," he said, staring straight at the camera. Thus begins a weirdly men's-rights-inspired yarn about a night last year he jokingly deemed a "#hatecrime."
Pink, a fixture on L.A.'s arty pop scene who came into some mainstream acclaim, is a volatile figure known for playing Coachella with his back to the crowd while smoking cigarettes, so this could all be a retrograde-gender-politics performance art prank.
But at face value, the pairing sounded tense -- she called him a "saggy Kurt Cobain," he got bored when she "talked about her dad all night...I listened, whatever...if I don't do it with them, they talk about their daddy."
They went home together, but according to Pink things escalated when they left in pursuit of a breakfast smoothie. After some debate over who would pay -- "You know, women's lib, all that kind of stuff, she makes her own money, she can...pay for her own lunch" -- the unnamed woman (who Pink says is in a popular band) turned a little hostile.
In Pink's psychoanalysis, he thought she had believed, "'I got a good one. I got a great Kurt Cobain wannabe and he's respectful of women and I can shame him in public. This is just the guy I want'....So I let her shout at the top of her lungs at me for a long time, then I said something like, 'Shut your mouth, little girl, respect your elders, and...get out of here."
Her reaction (allegedly)? To spray him with Mace and key a curse word into his car.
Pink might not have gotten the sympathy he was hoping for. Wasser gave him some serious side-eye throughout the interview; artists and critics like
If nothing else, it's a lesson for all of us that you should A) just pay for the smoothie, it's like $5, B) don't recount your unflattering behavior in public forums, and C) never, ever go on dates with guys in bands.