Devin Ruben Perez's future in DIIV under threat as racist and sexist comments are revealed
Band issue statement after it is revealed Perez insulted fellow musicians and used racist language on 4Chan message board
Perez, pictured above in the baseball cap, was unveiled as the person behind an anonymous account on 4Chan over the weekend. His messages included a series of disparaging remarks about Grimes and Meredith Graves of the band Perfect Pussy. He also used the word "nigger" in reference to UK producer Zomby and made an anti-semitic joke. The full list of messages can be seen here.
DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith, pictured right, responded to the reveal with a series of tweets, including one where he wrote: "I will never EVER tolerate sexism, racism, homophobia, bullying, or bigotry of any kind. I'm doing everything to get to the bottom of this."
Perez himself tweeted in response to a comment on the news from Sky Ferreira, in which he stated: "I'm not sexist, racist or a misogynist and anyone who knows me knows that. I just said some dumb shit on an anime message board."
@skyferreira I'm not sexist, racist or a misogynist and anyone who knows me knows that. I just said some dumb shit on an anime message board— Devin Ruben Perez (@sserpent) December 14, 2014
Smith has also issued a statemrent to Pitchfork in which he distances himself from the comments made by Perez and says that his comments will not be tolerated. The statement reads as follows:
"Cole doesn't stand for any bigotry, hatred, sexism racism or homophobia, especially when it's manifest in his own band. Cole and Devin are discussing what happened and his future in the band. Devin acknowledges what he did is very wrong. 4chan is a poisonous place. It's the bowels of the internet. A place where Devin lost sight of what's remotely appropriate and what isn't. Racial slurs and sexist remarks are practically what comprise the entirety of the site. It's important to examine the context of his comments, not to excuse them, but rather because it is a place that breeds, proliferates, and encourages dark and violent ideologies disguised as humor.
"It needs to be exposed. It's lurking just beneath the surface and it's everywhere. Every journalist covering this story has a responsibility to expose 4chan for what it is. But regardless of the context, what Devin said is inexcusable. It will not be tolerated in the band or anywhere. But ultimately Cole and Devin are very close friends so this is a very hard thing for him to swallow, seeing such unexpected behavior like this from such a close friend. It is not being tolerated and is being dealt with right now."
DIIV are expected to release a new album in 2015, the follow up to their 2012 debut 'Oshin'.