White nationalist and alt-right leader Richard Spencer became a meme over the weekend. He went viral when footage of him being punched in the face by a protestor while discussing the importance of Pepe the Frog in Inauguration Day.
Now, as Pitchfork reports, Allentown native and Temple University alum Tim Heidecker has weighed in on the incident with a new song called “Richard Spencer.” And while no one should advocate for violence over debate, that is essentially exactly what Heidecker, a 1998 Temple grad, does in the song, at least when it comes to Spencer.
“You can’t wish anyone dead, even if the baseball cap is red,” Heidecker, one half of Adult Swim’s Tim & Eric, sings. “But if you see Richard Spencer, why don’t you punch him in the head.”
A Randy Newman-style, piano-led track, “Richard Spencer” has Heidecker going on to state that “ain’t no one gonna cry” if you “give [Spencer] a big black eye.” The song is the latest politically charged track from Heidecker following "Trump’s Pilot,” which the comedian released in November 2016 for the “30 Days, 50 Songs” campaign.
Spencer, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, infamously led a chant of “Hail Trump” during a rally last year, and currently serves as president of the National Policy Institute, an organization that describes itself as “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States.”
Heidecker will reportedly also contribute music to Our First 100 Days, a compilation that aims to release one new song for each of the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. The comedian has since issued a tongue-in-cheek apology for “Richard Spencer,” writing on Twitter that he will soon record a full-band version of the track:
I'm very sorry if you were offended by the Richard Spencer song. I'm recording a full band, studio version.
— Tim Heidecker ���� (@timheidecker) January 23, 2017