It goes without saying that Leftists are incorrigible stage one thinkers who have no ability to see the ramifications of their actions even one step in advance let alone a generation ahead. This is seen repeatedly in their attempts to make war movies–I believe it was Pauline Kael who said something like “all war movies are PRO war movies”*, in recognition that there is no way to present war without also presenting the ROMANCE of war to young men. In the same manner Popular Culture presentations of Nazis by DEFAULT romanticize them to a generation removed from the VISCERAL reaction experienced by the first generations to experience the horrors of WW2 and their children.
I was 9 years old when Pink Floyd’s “The Wall’ was released. It was one of the first albums I got that wasn’t my parents music, like Blondie’s Parallel Lines–it was JUST for me. I listened to it over and over as loud as I could, while scouring the images in the gatefold sleeve of the double album for meaning. The sound of marching wed to the image of the red and black hammers gave me chills. Fast forward to the age of 12, the movie came out–and what did I see?
Now, to this day I admit I have NO IDEA what liberal point they were trying to make with all of this Nazi imagery–but I know one thing: Hammers + Skinheads + Red and Black + This Music= what could only have been termed ‘gina tingles in a 12-year-old girl. I cannot be the only girl of my generation who felt this way and the EXISTENCE of “Hammerskins” by the time I was 17 PROVED I sure wasn’t the only KID who felt that way–those skinheads were MY age.
My best guess is that Pink Floyd meant the Nazi imagery either ironically, as a criticism of conformity, or politically, as a criticism of non leftists–but I didn’t know this or care, I was TWELVE. By the time I was 17 I was running around with skinheads who looked JUST LIKE “The Worms” and listening to:
with a straight face.
Liberal art backfires like this all of the time–how many White Nationalists have been created by this:
Does ONE person think a 12 year old Blue Collar white boy NOW and in the FUTURE–NOT ones who’s image of “racism” was formed in the 60s-80s–will see the character in this scene as ANYTHING other than an object of worship?
* I swear this quote exists and Pauline Kael said it but for the life of me I can’t find it–if anyone knows what I’m talking about please correct me!