June 30, 2014
The Week’s Most Unpleasant, Putrescent, and Adolescent Headlines
NIPSTERS: MAKING HITLER HIP AGAIN
If you”re a dedicated white nationalist who laments the fact that the left dominates the media, education, public relations, and youth culture, this may be the news you were waiting to hear”or maybe not. A loosely organized group of nationalist German youth is attempting to repackage and rebrand the “far right” in ways that would make it seem hip and edgy rather than crusty and stodgy.
Enter the “nipster.” It’s a portmanteau of “Nazi” and “hipster,” or for those who don’t claim the “Nazi” tag, you can substitute “nationalist” for “Nazi” and still qualify. Last week, Rolling Stone ran a long feature (called “Heil Hipster”) on this odd trend of ironic Aryanism that seeks to give white nationalism a makeover.
Fashion-wise, gone is the blunt, rough, skinhead chic of the 80s and 90s, although you can still find more tasteful iterations of it through latter-day online peddlers of Germanic streetwear. Instead, the nipster aesthetic is far more muted and attempts to blend in with the mainstream”leading, of course, to charges that it is far more insidious and dishonest than good ol’ Nazism. At least when it comes to fashion, nipsters don’t discriminate. It is perfectly kosher for them to appropriate the same dumb mustaches, sunglasses, skinny jeans, and ironic sneakers as your average bored leftist hipster. Many”of course”find this gradual stylistic shift toward non-threatening attire to be even more terrifying than skinheads, since “You can’t tell what a neo-Nazi looks like anymore, which makes it easier for them to commit violent acts.”
Also gone is the supposedly innate fascistic revulsion for rainbow-coated, hippy-dippy things such as veganism (there’s even a neo-Nazi vegan cooking show) and black music. There is now allegedly neo-Nazi hip-hop, neo-Nazi reggae, and a techno performer who goes by the handle DJ Adolf. Even on Tumblr, that Matterhorn of unhinged leftist social-justice crusading, there are neo-Nazi Tumblr pages composed almost entirely of fascistic imagery. Nipsters are also loudly proclaiming their nipster nature by attaching the #nipster hashtag to their Instagram photos.
The Rolling Stone article profiles 30-year-old Patrick Schroeder, host of a yearly “Live H8” extravaganza that he describes as the planet’s “most extreme Nazi concert.” Schroeder and a friend lament how their unabashed public appropriation of right-wing rhetoric and imagery have sabotaged their career chances in modern Deutschland: “We’re the new Jews in Germany, except we don’t wear stars,” Schroeder says.
Maybe not, and maybe this odd new trend won’t get squashed dead like a bug within weeks”but nice sunglasses anyway, dude.
JIMMY SAVILE: A NECRO AS WELL AS A PEDO?
It didn’t take long after British pop celebrity Jimmy Savile’s 2011 death for allegations of sexual abuse to start worming their way eagerly through his corpse like so many hungry maggots. Now, on top of the 400-plus earlier allegations from a 2012 police investigation of Savile sexually preying upon both genders and all ages, comes a new report from the National Health Services alleging that Savile may have been a necrophile as well as a pedophile.
Not that Savile didn’t drop some hint-bombs about this throughout his life, as he once allegedly boasted to a reporter that he’d spent five days alone with his mother’s corpse after she died. There was also this creepy 1982 confession to the Sunday Express, wherein Savile describes helping his “friends” the morticians dispose of bodies:
When I lay those bodies away, I look at good muscles, good organs, good brains, beautiful eyes, liver and kidneys, and I think, “What a waste.”
According to the new NHS report, Savile told hospital workers that he wore rings on his fingers fashioned from “glass eyes from dead bodies in Leeds Mortuary where I work and I love working there, and I wheel the dead bodies around at night and I love that.”
Perhaps most sickening is the allegation that Savile boasted of performing oral sex on corpses. According to a former nurse’s testimony, he even had a name for the act”“gamaroosh”:
He [Savile] was saying that they used to put the bodies together, male and female, and he also said that they took photographs and also that he got involved in some of the photographs … I was a little bit upset because I had no concept, in those days, of necrophilia. … [Savile] talked about gamaroosh … It means oral sex … that he [Savile], he would go down on them and gamaroosh and muck about.
The NHS report claims to have received sixty accounts of sexual abuse allegedly performed by Savile at Leeds General Infirmary”a place where Savile described himself as the “chief cheerer-upper””acts that were undeniably ecumenical and nondiscriminatory, as they were perpetrated over the course of decades upon adults, children, males, females, patients, and staff members. It also notes that over the years, Savile raised more than $5 million in charitable donations for the hospital.
It was perhaps the idea that he kept so many potential whistleblowers employed”combined with the blinding sheen of his massive celebrity”that may have discouraged prosecutors and frightened potential accusers into silence.
GARY OLDMAN OFFENDS JEWS, THEN GROVELS (AND RE-GROVELS)
In a Playboy interview released last week, actor Gary Oldman “went there” and stood right on the “third rail” of American public discourse”he implied that Jews control the film industry:
Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him”and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know?
Seemingly within moments after garnering public opprobrium for his comments, Oldman sought to avoid a one-way boat trip to the leper colony and pecked out what can only be described as a severely contrite letter to the ADL:
I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. … I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted through the ages, are the first to hear God’s voice, and surely are the chosen people.
ADL head hunchback Abe Foxman said that Oldman’s apology was “insufficient” and “not satisfactory,” leading Oldman to rush onto the Jimmy Kimmel show and apologize yet again:
Words have meaning, and they carry weight long after you’ve said them. … I don’t condone or excuse the words that I used in any context. … I am profoundly, profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic. … I’m a public figure, I should be an example and an inspiration. And I’m an a-hole. I’m 56, and I should know better.
Despite his shamelessly self-shaming public ankle-grabbing, it appears as if the Jews have yet to forgive Mr. Oldman. Abe Foxman dismissed any suggestion that Jews control Hollywood as being based in “tired anti-Semitic tropes,” and we couldn’t agree more. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that these crazy Jew-hating conspiracy nuts will not be silenced until organizations such as the ADL and SPLC issue statistically verifiable spreadsheets proving that Jews are not disproportionately represented in the media relative to their numbers in the overall population. That’s all it would take. It would seem so easy to do; heck, it would probably also be a wise public-relations move.
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