Wednesday, November 23, 2005

What's All the Fuhrer About?

This is a jaw-dropping glimpse into the general cluelessness of far too many journalists. The New York Daily News reports that Teen People had planned, but finally scrapped, a fluff piece on white supremacist, Hitler-loving cutie-pie sisters known as Prussian Blue.

The Daily News tells us that a Teen People employee had assured Prussian Blue, a pair of racist singing sisters, that he would not use the words "hate," "supremacist" and "Nazi" in his coverage:

"The only hint that 13-year-old Lynx and Lamb Gaede praise Hitler, call the Holocaust an 'exaggeration' and count former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke among their fans was a watered-down description of their message as 'white pride.'

"'The last thing we need is to celebrate hate in this country,' said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who helped lead a Monday demonstration outside the office of Teen People's parent company Time Warner. 'I'm absolutely thrilled it's not running.'

"Time's initial response to the protest was the added mention of the girls' white separatist mom, National Vanguard member April Gaede, in the Web-based teaser.

"Hours later, the company yanked the entire project.


"The freckled twins from Bakersfield, Calif., call nonwhites 'muds' and play a video game called 'Ethnic Cleansing.' They wear tartan plaid skirts and Hitler smiley face shorts - and croon songs that glorify the Third Reich.

"A song called 'Sacrifice' praises Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess as 'a man of peace. He wouldn't give up, he wouldn't cease. He gave his loyalty to our cause.'"

One wonders what the treatment would have been had Teen People been around for the time of Leopold and Loeb: "Ornery pals prove incorrigible!"


At 7:08 AM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

A year or so ago I was at the 45th Infantry Division Museum, and I overheard a man say to his family, "Y'all remember Hitler?" After issuing a rather uncertain affirmative to that question, one of the relatives then asked him, "How'd he die?" The man's response: "Uh...Military." I can understand people's confusion about, say, the Spanish American War. But WWII? Hitler? Frightening.

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Julia Volkova said...

"Win a dream date at yummy Joe Stalin's summer dacha!"

At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Cassandra D, our public schools have certainly done a number on the intellectual capacity of average Americans. It takes a village, right?


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