Depeche Mode respond to being called 'the official band of the alt-right'
Richard Spencer, an outspoken leader of the so-called “alt-right,” a white nationalist movement, recently revealed that he’s a “lifelong Depeche Mode fan,” but it looks like the feeling isn’t mutual.
When asked about his taste in music before being removed from the Conservative Political Action Conference, Spencer mentioned Depeche Mode and named the British rock group “the official band of the alt-right.”
Esquire reached out to Depeche Mode for comment and the band has since denied Spencer’s claim.
“That’s pretty ridiculous,” the band’s rep wrote in an email. “Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt-right and does not support the alt right movement.”
Spencer later clarified his comment and claimed that he was joking, adding that he’s still a fan of the band.
The controversial Spencer was booted from CPAC on Thursday for his “repugnant” views, according to NBC.
“They are not part of us,” American Conservative Union executive director Dan Schneider said to NBC about Spencer and members of the “alt-right.” “They’re anti-Semites, they are racists, they are sexists, they hate the Constitution, they hate free markets…they hate everything and they despise everything we believe in — they are not an extension of conservatism.”