Meet Ajit Pai, The Man Who Pushed For The Repeal Of Net Neutrality And Destroyed The Internet

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

    He "Joked" That He Was Bought And Paid For By Verizon
    Video: YouTube

    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?"

    How, indeed.

  • His Anti-Net Neutrality Video Featured A Pizzagate Conspiracy Theorist

    His Anti-Net Neutrality Video Featured A Pizzagate Conspiracy Theorist
    Video: YouTube

    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

    His FCC Colleagues Don't Like Him, Either
    Video: YouTube

    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.

  • He Drinks Out Of A Stupid Reese's Mug

    He Drinks Out Of A Stupid Reese's Mug
    Video: YouTube

    Pai has a penchant for drinking coffee out of an oversized mug emblazoned with the Reese's candy logo. He sipped from it throughout the meetings to repeal net neutrality. Perhaps it was a diversion. Perhaps it was meant to be funny. Perhaps he just likes drinking his coffee from a large mug. But one thing is certain: Mr. Pai, your killing of net neutrality is made no less serious, no less offensive, and no less destructive because you drink from an oh-so-wacky coffee cup. Get over yourself.

  • He Thinks He's Funny

    Pai's net neutrality measures may not technically be criminal, but his sense of humor certainly is. Or, more appropriately, his attempts at a sense of humor. The oversized Reese's mug, the pop culture references, the jokes about being a corporate shill, the look-how-cool-and-relatable-I-am video, the Big Lebowski quotes on his Twitter feed... Pai tries way too hard to be about as funny as a glass of water. And if his killing of net neutrality wasn't so serious, none of us would care that he was a failed comedian. But he's trying to make us laugh (and failing mightily) while at the same time stabbing us in the back, and he of all people should understand that this is no laughing matter.