Popular artist and musician Nick Bertke, known popularly as Pogo, just outed himself — as a raging homophobe!
In a video first unearthed by a subreddit dedicated to his work, the electronic musician, whose YouTube channel is called “Faggotron” espouses in detail his negative views towards LGBTQ people, specifically gay men.
“I’ve always had a very thorough dislike of homosexuals,” Bertke says. “I’ve never liked a grown man acting like a 12-year-old girl. I’ve always found that to be quite disgusting. And so I thought to myself, how best can I express to the world that gays are just an abomination?”
He continues, “I think nothing encapsulates the sissiness of a guy quite like the word ‘faggot.’”
Aside from airing out his dislike for gays, Pogo also expressed support for the gunman who killed 49 people, mostly queer Latinx people, in the 2016 Pulse massacre in Orlando, Florida.
“When there was the Orlando shooting and the guy was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ or something I was like [pumps fist],” Pogo said. “But yeah, I’ve got to be a bit careful with that because well, you know, I don’t like gays, but I don’t want to see people getting killed in nightclubs either. But still, I mean, it’s just fantastic.”
Some fans on Reddit wondered this video might be (totally unfunny) satire, though some have pointed out that Pogo has a history of saying and doing misogynistic things. In archived blog posts from 2015, Pogo describes his issues with feminism, saying it “raises a breed of self victimizing gold diggers,” that it’s a “camouflaged push for gender supremacy,” and “self-entitling social status posing as a humanitarian ideology.” There’s also a second post titled “Why We Should Envy Women” about all the privileges women enjoy and a video titled “Why I Don’t Take Feminism Seriously.”
Bertke enjoys a large platform: after early viral hits based on Alice in Wonderland and other Disney properties, Pixar paid him to produce remix videos based on their films like Up!, according to NPR.