Nickel-rolling — or the practice of trolling someone with songs, images, or lyrics from Nickelback — is a time-honored tradition at The Verge. It’s why I have the band’s not-really-seminal album Here and Now on my desk. (No one knows for sure where it came from, only that the troll is strong.) So finding out that a US senator is being nickel-rolled is like seeing a child grow up and hit it big.
Right now, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) is being bombarded with Nickelback promo materials and newsletters, apparently because someone signed him and his family members up for them. He’s not pleased about it:
To whoever just subscribed my email accts (family, work, obsolete) to multiple @Nickelback promotional & fan newsletters:— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 16, 2017
It's. Not. Funny.
Sasse is the author of the new book The Vanishing American Adult, in which he argues Americans are in need of discipline and a renewed sense of meaning beyond material things. Maybe you think he’s onto something. But I derive great personal meaning and joy from a government official and lawmaker learning more about Nickelback’s next tour date.
We’ve reached out to Sen. Sasse and Nickelback’s representation for comment. I really hope they comment.
Update 6:45pm ET: Sen. Sasse provided The Verge with the following statement:
“I'm not sure what Canada does but, in this country, cruel and unusual punishment is outlawed. This crossed a line.”