The current head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is someone we should be able to trust to look out for the interests of the American people. Unfortunately, with his successful campaign to repeal net neutrality, he's one of the least trustworthy people in the country, and the facts about Ajit Pai speak for themselves. This is by no means a champion of the American people, and as various Ajit Pai stories prove, he is also tone-deaf, misinformed, and more than a little beholden to his corporate overlords.
Ajit Pai was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1973. He graduated from Harvard University and got his law degree from University of Chicago. After a brief stint working for Verizon, he began a career in government, eventually landing at the FCC under President Obama. Trump named him Chairman of the FCC in January of 2017, and ever since, Pai has worked overtime to show what a d*ck he really is.
Keep reading to learn a few things you didn't know about Ajit Pai.
He "Joked" That He Was Bought And Paid For By Verizon
Around the time Pai killed net neutrality, the FCC Chairman made an ill-timed speech at a Federal Communications Bar Association event. As part of his speech, Pai performed in a skit, in which a faux Verizon pitchwoman says, "We want to brainwash and groom a Verizon puppet to install as FCC chairman. Think Manchurian Candidate." To which Pai replies, "That sounds awesome." Oh, the comedy.
To make matters even less funny, Pai ended his speech with this:
"In collusion - I mean, in conclusion, sorry, Freudian slip, my bad - many people are still shell-shocked that I'm up here tonight. They ask themselves, how on earth did this happen?"
His Anti-Net Neutrality Video Featured A Pizzagate Conspiracy Theorist
To push his gutting of net neutrality, Pai made a woefully misguided video entitled 7 Things You Can Still Do on the Internet After Net Neutrality. This alone is bad enough; do we really need an FCC chairman dressed in a Santa Claus suit or dancing the Harlem Shake? But it gets worse. During that now-infamous Harlem Shake, one of his fellow "dancers" was revealed to be Martina Markota, famous mostly for being a Pizzagate conspiracy theorist. Pizzagate, for those who don't know, is a ridiculous conspiracy theory about a Washington, D.C., pizza parlor and its supposed ties to a child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton. Yeah, Ajit, these are people you want to associate yourself with.
Mark Hamill Called Him Out For Using Star Wars To Repeal Net Neutrality
You know you're doing something wrong when you piss off Luke Skywalker. In his 7 Things You Can Still Do on the Internet After Net Neutrality, Pai put on a black hood and swung a lightsaber as part of his anti-net neutrality schtick. And Hamill was having none of it. He tweeted:
"Cute video Ajit "Aren't I Precious?" Pai - but you are profoundly unworthy 2 wield a lightsaber - A Jedi acts selflessly for the common man - NOT lie 2 enrich giant corporations. Btw-did you pay John Williams his royalty? @AjitPaiFCCorpShill #AJediYouAreNOT"
As if his decimation of net neutrality wasn't bad enough, Pai also used several copyrighted songs in his video, and, apparently, didn't get the necessary licenses or permission to do so.
His FCC Colleagues Don't Like Him, Either
During his repeal of neutrality, two of Pai's colleagues spoke out in opposition to their boss's epically dumb decision. One of them, Mignon Clyburn, even drew up her own mocking alternative to the net neutrality issue. She took Pai's original repeal and performed a few edits. Actually, she changed the entire thing, starting with the title, switching "Restoring Internet Freedom" to "Retaining Internet Freedom." After Clyburn took her pen to Pai's proposal, only these words remained: "After further review of the record we affirm the 2015 Open Internet Order." Unfortunately, that's not how things worked out.