Death From Above bassist Jesse F. Keeler came under fire Thursday night after a blog post detailing his multiple appearances on Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes’ podcast started making its way around the internet. The piece, written by Kurt Schwitterz, took aim at Keeler’s association with McInnes, who founded the alt-right organization The Proud Boys.
Keeler appeared on The Gavin McInnes Podcast multiple times through 2016. While the podcasts are behind a paywall, Schwitterz points out that topics discussed during Keeler’s apperances included “pro-gun issues and crypto anti-immigrant subjects like ‘How England is losing its identity.'” The Medium blog post also highlights Keeler’s attendance at a 2016 U.S. election-night party with McInnes and Proud Boys members. Schwitterz also notes that McInnes claimed Keeler was a member of the Proud Boys in a now deleted blog post.
Keeler took to Facebook to release a statement early Friday morning to distance himself from McInnes and his politics, while attempting to shed some light on his relationship with the right-wing political pundit.
It’s difficult to know where to begin with this letter, so I’ll start here: I recently learned that last year I was the…
McInnes’ Proud Boys claim membership numbers upwards of 3,000 men. Part of the initiation process to the group demands prospective members to declare “I am a Western chauvinist who refuses to apologize for creating the modern world,” and other inane frat-boy exercises like taking punches from existing members while attempting to name five breakfast cereals. They’ve been tied to violence at rallies and open expression of bigotry. McInnes has stated membership is “99 per cent Trump supporters.”
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