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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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Not all celebrity siblings are as obvious as the Hemsworths
Celebrity siblings are the best.
When they aren't goofing around and having the same kind of fun we have with our siblings (while generally being much more attractive) they are occasionally getting into slap fights and reminding us to be glad we don't have a family reality show. While some famous siblings—Hemsworths and Gyllenhaals and Kardashians—basically come as a set, others are less obvious. Today is the day we look deeper to celebrate all the celebrity siblings we've overlooked.
Alfie and Lily Allen<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkyODA0MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NDUwMTczMn0.ilKVGIjfGwyQyNb7LT1VlOn7SptxFwCI4a7UkfcbiSY/img.jpg?width=980" id="77d9c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a1f3ba9d347d748ec574a4b4a442080e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Alfie and Lily Allen" /><p><em>Game of Thrones</em> character Theon Greyjoy is known for having a strong, fearless sister in Yara Greyjoy. And in real life, the actor who plays Theon—Alfie Allen—has a fearless older sister of his own. Singer-songwriter Lily Allen is known for her experimental pop music and her distinctive voice. Yara might not approve of Lily's style, but she definitely appreciate Lily Allen's fearless approach to music with her latest album <em>No Shame.</em></p>
Joseph and Ralph Fiennes<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkyODA2MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMTc3MTg0MH0.1agmUX6qCLbbFDS6TUzy71nTEDUH5KgCBHg5v2jot_8/img.jpg?width=980" id="5ed21" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7d1b3f6d6a98f43c8101d4438443fa88" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Joseph and Ralph Fiennes" /><p>If you had to guess which of these brothers has played a high-ranking official of a fascist state who pursued a romantic relationship with a captive member of an oppressed class who worked in his house...you couldn't. Because the answer is both. In <a href="https://www.popdust.com/best-film-never-see-again-2641602875.html" target="_blank">Stephen Spielberg's 1993 classic Schindler's List</a><a href="https://www.popdust.com/best-film-never-see-again-2641602875.html"></a>, Ralph Fiennes portrayed Nazi commandant Amon Goeth, the sadistic head of a concentration camp who develops twisted feelings of "love" for his Jewish housemaid. And in Hulu's hit show <em>Handmaid's Tale</em>, Ralph's younger brother, Joseph Fiennes, plays Commander Fred Waterford, one of the leaders of Gilead, who falls for June Osborne, the captive handmaid who is supposed to bear his child. Weird coincidence, or Fiennes family tradition?</p>
Emily and Zooey Deschanel<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkyODA2Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMTI5NjYwN30.8Fj09ZJbMoOeRwwHfTNlgs3IXELkqt1Vt7rHn1t2bI8/img.jpg?width=980" id="fb2da" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1e77851d613f8f651584430121619961" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Emily and Zooey Deschanel" /><p>This one is pretty obvious once you know—their piercing blue eyes give it away—but the characters they play are so different that it's definitely surprising when you first make the connection. While Emily Deschanel is known for her role as Temperance Brennan, the almost robotic titular medical examiner on <em>Bones</em>, her younger sister Zooey plays the quirky and colorful grade school teacher Jess Day.<em></em></p>
Liev and Pablo Schreiber<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkyODA2Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzAxMzE5OX0.wR-sVKzQsBwq6VkizrXX6DHV2v1jtMSf7yDFPMTLsuU/img.jpg?width=980" id="4e0bc" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a8767bb2be9a8ec760e5a6234c4bffb2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Pablo and Liev Schreiber" /><p>You may know Liev Schreiber as the star of Ray Donovan, or for his portrayal of Sabretooth in <em>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</em>, but if you thought his facial hair in that movie was distinctive, it's nothing compared to his younger half-brother Pablo Schreiber's so-called "p*rn-stache" in the hit Netflix show <em>Orange is the New Black</em>. Pablo is also known for his role as Nick Sobotka, one of the main protagonists in season two of <em>The Wire</em>.</p>
Scott and Chris Evans<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkyODEwNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5OTUyNjkzMn0.3rgRcweLpImjoOfgmVD330qzxgsDI4nw_g0ZB8iPkmg/img.jpg?width=980" id="339fd" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="05a010c40024fe203c0ba08e4dabfe48" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Scott and Chris Evans" /><p>While Chris Evans has been launched to a-list status by his role as Captain America in the <em>Avengers</em> movies, his younger brother Scott Evans isn't quite as well-known. Prior to his role as Sol and Robert's closeted, musical-loving neighbor Oliver on <em>Grace and Frankie</em>, he was best known for playing police officer Oliver Fish on the soap opera <em>One Life to Live</em>.<span></span></p>
Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkyODA3MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1Mzc1OTA0NX0.2Y0erDmbtJKNrYBcfISl6wCkAB9-DDP09X10xKs1hfY/img.jpg?width=980" id="eda37" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b8a80256ff7391ab7375ba4642a36d7c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein" /><p>Lots of people have already pointed out the numerous similarities between 2007's <em>Superbad</em> and the 2019 hit <em>Booksmart</em>. Both movies star a pair of best friends trying to break out of their usual mold and attend a blowout party just before high school graduation, and the parallels don't stop there. But if there was any doubt that <em>Booksmart</em> director Olivia Wilde was making a spiritual successor to <em>Superbad</em>, consider that Beanie Feldstein who plays Molly, is actually Jonah Hill's little sister. Once you see it, the family resemblance is clear, but the fact that they don't advertise their siblingdom makes for a fun easter egg.</p>
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