“Must…look…intense!” Nickelback’s photo on the front page of their site.
As my musician friend Jeff Kahl puts it, “Even the real drummer for Nickelback doesn’t openly admit it.”
That’s probably why when Koenig placed the order with an vendor in Vienna, Austria, as Nickelback’s drummer, they became suspicious, especially since the delivery address was in Port St. Lucie, Florida. I mean, c’mon — we may be Florida, but we can at least proudly say that no one from Nickelback lives here.
Someone at the vendor contacted Nickelback’s representatives, who did some investigating of their own, and on Tuesday, the police executed a search warrant on Koenig’s house.
This isn’t Koenig’s first fraud. He pretended to collect money on behalf of the Indian Riverkeeper advocacy group, from which he managed to net $78,000 from well-meaning, unsuspecting donors.
I’ll close with some videos about why people feel the way they do about Nickelback:
The twitter account’s name is a reference to /pol/, the “politically incorrect” section of 4chan, the message board for miscreants, and source of a lot of what’s poisoning internet culture, from GamerGate to alt-right memes to the current state of politics. The account pretty much is an echo of what you’ll find on /pol/, or any other place where you’ll find angry, disenfranchised, poorly-socialized (and mostly white) men who feel cheated out of a birthright they were promised by the dominant culture.
This reaction reminds me of a quip that I use to tease certain people:
Conservatism is the dread fear that somewhere, somehow, someone you think is your inferior is being treated as your equal.
In the photo, @polNewsNetwork1 sees the destruction of American society, but what I see is its ideal: people doing their own thing, in their own way, and somehow not trying to trample the other for being different.
I’m not the only one who interpreted the photo that way: