Ariel Pink Apologizes for "Gross" Onstage Antics
"My behavior onstage was gross and I can't defend it"
According to one attendee's Reddit account, the singer treated his girlfriend and bandmate Charlotte Ercoli inappropriately during their set.
"He kept grabbing her like a piece of meat, grabbed her ankle and wouldn't let her go, attempting to push her into the crowd which she was clearly uncomfortable with, and the most offensive scene was when he literally pinned her down to the stage and got on top of her in a very assault-y fashion," the Redditor wrote.
Ercoli has since responded to critics on Twitter, saying that she and Pink "were just having fun." She defended Pink's actions, claiming to be "victimized by feminists."
I'm his girlfriend can everyone stop being so sensitive about this we were just having fun— Charlotte Ercoli (@Charlesdecrema) October 17, 2017
Wow. Turns out a girl can't have fun with her boyfriend on stage without being victimized by feminists. Could not be more bummed.— Charlotte Ercoli (@Charlesdecrema) October 17, 2017
Feminists r trying to victimize me for consensually wrestling/manhandling my bf on stage. It's the oppression olympics. Im not competing— Charlotte Ercoli (@Charlesdecrema) October 17, 2017
Don't feel bad for me. Feel bad for my boyfriend. Those are heavy words Y'all. Take it from me between ariel and I I'm the creep— Charlotte Ercoli (@Charlesdecrema) October 17, 2017
In a statement to Pitchfork, she added, "We are very close and can play around with each other in that way, but have tamed it down 'up there' in order to avoid stirring up fear."
Now Pink himself has weighed in on the controversy, explaining that he "got very drunk and overdid everything." He also acknowledged that his behaviour was "tone deaf" and pledged to tone down his onstage antics going forward.
Read his full string of tweets below.
Someone recommended I touch base with my fanbase which I guess is u @twitter— Ariel Pink (@arielxpink) October 18, 2017
Rant #1 my first night in SF waaz a blast. I got very drunk and overdid everything wrecked my vocal chords and managed offend with my antics— Ariel Pink (@arielxpink) October 18, 2017
Over the next three nights I toned the 'theatrics' but not the voice. Admittedly maus was a hard act to follow and i was nervous— Ariel Pink (@arielxpink) October 18, 2017
Sometimes I alienate when I should aim to inspire. This, for instance. STOP— Ariel Pink (@arielxpink) October 18, 2017
I'm tone deaf and not sensitive enough to the real plight of women these days. my behavior onstage was gross and I can't defend it— Ariel Pink (@arielxpink) October 18, 2017
The artist is no stranger to controversy. Back in 2014, he claimed that he was working with Madonna — helping to reinstate a "return-to-values" so her producers wouldn't just "come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she's 20 years old."
Grimes then stepped in, accusing Pink of "delusional misogyny" for his comments about Madonna. Pink responded by calling Grimes "stupid and retarded," adding that "maybe she's angry that I'm the male version of her, who was at 4AD before her."
Pink is currently touring in support of this year's Dedicated to Bobby Jameson.