Twitter is reacting aversely to the news that G-Eazy might be dating Megan Thee Stallion. Though he as a history of dating beloved pop starlets, this one has sparked particularly strong backlash.
Early this morning, the rapper G-Eazy posted an Instagram video of himself with fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion.
The former, whose real name is Gerald Earl Gillum, appears to be kissing Meg (real name Megan Jovon Ruth Pete) multiple times on the cheek. They were also spotted partying together in Miami, and G-Eazy posted a photo of Megan captioned with a series of blue hearts, sparking relationship rumors.
What is going on here...Megan the stallion & G-eazy??? https://t.co/bXzH5kQEgh— KYLESISTER ♡ (@KYLESISTER ♡)1580728056.0
Twitter isn't happy about it.
megan thee stallion and g eazy: the entirety of twitter: https://t.co/3FtZTDeKvC— salma⁷ EGO! 🤸♀️ (@salma⁷ EGO! 🤸♀️)1580735111.0
Hot girl Twitter on the way to snatch Megan out of G Eazy’s bed https://t.co/BEzK9wfvj1— Joshua Chenault (@Joshua Chenault)1580735308.0
Woke up and saw a video of G Eazy sucking on Megan Thee Stallions face... I’m going back to sleep https://t.co/NZfWWz87Ih— Mark AZ (@Mark AZ)1580741311.0
Megan Thee Stallion letting G Eazy suck on her face on the third day a black history month. https://t.co/gs7i6g7oej— Christian 🌱 (@Christian 🌱)1580733902.0
Megan not like this. not like this— chris (@chris)1580738833.0
He was first linked to Lana Del Rey after the two were spotted dancing to Kendrick Lamar at Coachella in 2017. They dated for at least several months, and the rapper apparently inspired Del Rey's song "White Mustang" from her album Lust for Life. But the relationship met its end, apparently partly because of G-Eazy's excessive cocaine use, and the rapper quickly moved onto Halsey.
The pair dated for over a year and broke up twice, and since their final separation they've both dropped scathing tracks about each other. Halsey's chart-topping hit "Without Me" was about how she helped G-Eazy reach the top of the charts, and she also mentioned him on her feature on Post Malone's "Die For Me."
G-Eazy's connections to powerful women are definitely part of the reason why this unremarkable rapper has achieved stardom, which is another reason why fans are feeling protective over Megan Thee Stallion.
This year, thanks to her song "Hot Girl Summer," Meg became a symbol of female independence, strength, and sexual liberation. So, if we're following through with that spirit, the Internet seemingly has no right to tell her off for who she wishes to date.
Still, it's hard not to wish that she wasn't dating G-Eazy, who seems to be the archetypal white male parasite, perpetually leaching off other cultures and other people to further his own career. The racial dynamics of the relationship have also made up a large part of the arguments, and many users on Black Twitter are angry about Megan dating a white dude; on the other hand, some have argued that race shouldn't matter, saying instead that G-Eazy's personality isn't a good fit for Megan's.
found footage of megan and g eazy https://t.co/qWEQss0a4a— 🅴 (@🅴)1580738292.0
A few rare birds actually support their relationship.
I AM IN SHAMBLES @theestallion @G_Eazy I AM HERE FOR THIS SHIT PERIOD https://t.co/14MWR0aBDs— lexa (@lexa)1580724162.0
Poor Megan thee Stallion. Our good sis can’t even kiss in peace. It may be time for our good sis to enroll in the B… https://t.co/IRbA1YwIOz— Evette Dionne 🏁 (@Evette Dionne 🏁)1580744407.0
Of course, it's really up to Megan in the end—she's her own independent person and an incredible up-and-coming superstar, and none of this really matters. Still, exactly how G-Eazy has roped in some of music's most talented and seductive women is an eternal mystery. Is it his tired bad-boy aesthetic or something more? Did Lana Del Rey teach him to practice anti-Trump witchcraft and did he use it to create a love potion?
It's a conundrum for the ages, but regardless, G-Eazy has provoked the jealousy and ire of fans across the world. Maybe we'll at least get a few collaborations, some live shade (both Del Rey and Halsey have insulted G-Eazy during their shows), and some empowering diss tracks when it ultimately implodes.
All the mfs named Gerald after seeing G Eazy with Megan https://t.co/CPfvV4nsC4— Cryptic (@Cryptic)1580742992.0
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Let's take a look at Nazi-inspired fashion.
Villains always have the best outfits.
From Darth Vader's polished black space armor to The Joker's snazzy purple suit, bad guys always seem to show up their protagonists in the fashion department.
Way more handsome than Batman. static.giantbomb.com
But could there possibly be a real world equivalent to the type of over-the-top villain fashion often found in fiction? It would have to be sleek and imposing, austere and dangerous. Probably black.
Maybe it's him. Maybe it's fascist ideology.
Let's call a spade a spade. From an aesthetic standpoint, the Nazi SS outfit is very well-designed. The long coat tied around the waist with a buckle portrays a slim, sturdy visage. The leather boots and matching cap look harsh and powerful. The emblem placements on the lapel naturally suggest rank and authority. And the red armband lends a splash of color to what would otherwise be a dark monotone. If the Nazi uniform wasn't so closely tied with the atrocities they committed during WWII, it wouldn't seem out of place at Fashion Week. Perhaps not too surprising, considering many of the uniforms were made by Hugo Boss.
Pictured: A real thing Hugo Boss did. i.imgur.com
Of course, today, Nazi uniform aesthetics are inseparable from the human suffering doled out by their wearers. In most circles of civilized society, that's more than enough reason to avoid the garb in any and all fashion choices. But for some, that taboo isn't a hindrance at all–if anything, it's an added benefit.
As a result, we have Nazi chic, a fashion trend centered around the SS uniform and related Nazi imagery.
History of Nazi Chic
For the most part, Nazi chic is not characterized by Nazi sympathy. Rather, Nazi chic tends to be associated with counterculture movements that view the use of its taboo imagery as a form of shock value, and ironically, anti-authoritarianism.
The movement came to prominence in the British punk scene during the mid-1970s, with bands like the Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees displaying swastikas on their attire alongside other provocative imagery.
Very rotten, Johnny. i.redd.it
Around this time, a film genre known as Nazisploitation also came to prominence amongst underground movie buffs. A subgenre of exploitation and sexploitation films, Naziploitation movies skewed towards D-grade fare, characterized by graphic sex scenes, violence, and gore. Plots typically surrounded female prisoners in concentration camps, subject to the sexual whims of evil SS officers, who eventually escaped and got their revenge. However, the most famous Nazisploitation film, Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, flipped the genders.
The dorm room poster that will ensure you never get laid. images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com
Ilsa was a female SS officer and the victims were men. She spent much of the movie wearing her Nazi uniform in various states, sexually abusing men all the while. As such, Ilsa played into dominatrix fantasies. The movie was a hit on the grindhouse circuit, inspiring multiple sequels and knock-offs and solidifying Nazi aesthetics as a part of the BDSM scene.
Since then, Nazi chic fashion has been employed by various artists, from Madonna to Marilyn Manson to Lady Gaga, and has shown up in all sorts of places from leather clubs to character designs in video games and anime.
Lady Gaga looking SS-uper. nyppagesix.files.wordpress.com
Nazi Chic in Asia
Nazi chic has taken on a life of its own in Asia. And unlike Western Nazi chic, which recognizes Nazism as taboo, Asian Nazi chic seems entirely detached from any underlying ideology.
A large part of this likely has to do with the way that Holocaust education differs across cultures. In the West, we learn about the Holocaust in the context of the Nazis committing horrific crimes against humanity that affected many of our own families. The Holocaust is presented as personal and closer to our current era than we might like to think. It is something we should "never forget." Whereas in Asia, where effects of the Holocaust weren't as prominent, it's simply another aspect of WWII which, in and of itself, was just another large war. In other words, Nazi regalia in Asia might be viewed as simply another historical military outfit, albeit a particularly stylish one.
In Japan, which was much more involved with WWII than any other Asian country, Nazi chic is usually (but not always) reserved for villainous representations.
OF COURSE. i.imgur.com
That being said, J-Pop groups like Keyakizaka46 have publicly worn Nazi chic too, and the phenomena isn't limited to Japan.
In South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand, Nazi imagery has shown up in various elements of youth culture, completely void of any moral context. For instance, in Indonesia, a Hitler-themed fried chicken restaurant opened in 2013. And in Korea, K-Pop groups like BTS and Pritz have been called out for propagating Nazi chic fashion. Usually such incidents are followed by public apologies, but the lack of historical understanding makes everything ring hollow.
So the question then: is Nazi chic a bad thing?
The answer is not so black and white.
On one hand, seeing Nazi chic on the fashion scene may dredge up painful memories for Holocaust survivors and those whose family histories were tainted. In this light, wearing Nazi-inspired garb, regardless of intent, seems disrespectful and antagonistic. Worse than that, it doesn't even seem like a slight against authority so much as a dig at actual victims of genocide.
But on the other hand, considering the fact that even the youngest people who were alive during WWII are edging 80, "forgetting the Holocaust" is a distinct possibility for younger generations. In that regard, perhaps anything that draws attention to what happened, even if it's simply through the lens of "this outfit should be seen as offensive," might not be entirely bad. This, compounded by the fact that Nazi chic is not commonly associated with actual Nazi or nationalistic sentiments, might be enough to sway some people–not necessarily to wear, like, or even appreciate its aesthetics, but rather to understand its place within counterculture.
Ultimately, one's views on Nazi chic likely come down to their own personal taste and sensibilities. For some, Nazi chic is just a style, an aesthetic preference for something that happens to be mired in historical horror. For others, the shadow of atrocity simply hangs too strong.
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Summer Walker returns and is no longer playing games.
Summer Walker loves creating music but despises the music industry.
She regularly considers retirement and ended her 2019 tour early because of social anxiety. "I hope that people understand and respect that at the end of the day I'm a person, I have feelings, I get tired, I get sad," she said in a video post. "I don't want to lose myself for someone else." She was relentlessly vilified for her decision. Fans cited stiff meet-and-greets and chalked up Walker's cancellations to a sense of entitlement.
Then she was presented with the "Best New Artist" award at the 2019 Soul Train Awards, and her hurried acceptance speech was dissected by tasteless memes all across the country. Walker's candid cries for understanding remained completely ignored by years end. The truth of the matter is that Walker suffers from anxiety and stage fright that is all but totally crippling. So she did what any misunderstood artist does, she disappeared and stopped saying anything at all.