It seems DIIV bassist Devin Ruben Perez had a pretty terrible weekend, but that's ok, he deserves it.

Perez was spotted on 4chan posting homophobic, sexist, racist and anti-Semitic comments, which is essentially a full house in terms of terrible behaviour. Since that came out, DIIV's bandleader Zachary Cole Smith tweeted "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 then jumped back into the conversation by claiming "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 acknowledges what he did is very wrong," claims a representative of the band. "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."

We're fine with the bowel part, but the idea that he "lost sight of what's remotely appropriate and what isn't", is laughable. We're fully behind looking at the wider issues involved, but to suggest the site caused him to say "some dumb shit" (in his own words), is not good enough.

"I honestly don't regret saying anything that I did," claimed Perez on 4chan. This was before the "I'm not sexist, racist or a misogynist" tweet, obviously.

Here's the full statement (via Pitchfork):

"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."