Published Oct 14, 2014Ariel Pink claimed that he has contributed songwriting to Madonna's forthcoming album, but he also had some less-than-glowing things to say about the pop icon. In response to these comments, Grimes took Pink to task on Twitter.
Pink told Faster Louder of his apparent contributions to Madonna's new album, "They need something edgy. They need songwriting. She can't just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she's 20 years old. They actually need songs. I'm partly responsible for that return-to-values thing."
In response, Grimes had this to say:
Ariel pinks delusional misogyny is emblematic of the kind of bullshit everyone woman in this industry faces daily— Grimes (@Grimezsz) October 14, 2014
Pink praised Madonna's first album, but said that everything since has "been a downward slide. Ray of Light is not cool." Grimes stuck up for Madge by writing this:
Also ray of light is a masterpiece— Grimes (@Grimezsz) October 14, 2014
Grimes isn't the only one who took exception to Pink's comments about Madonna. Pitchfork points out that James Brooks of Default Genders (formerly of Elite Gymnastics) tweeted this:
UGHHHH ariel pink is the fucking WORST— james brooks (@elite_gz) October 14, 2014
Pink has been accused of misogyny before. The Quietus published a story in 2012 called "Ariel Pink and Beta Male Misogyny." This summer, he stirred up discussion with comments about getting "maced by a feminist" (see the video below).
UPDATE: Madonna's manager Guy Oseary has denied Ariel Pink is involved with Madge's new album, saying she "has no interest in working with mermaids."