Renner's ex has alleged that what lies beneath the actor's mystique is far uglier than his face.
Remember how good Jeremy Renner was in Hurt Locker?
2008 was arguably the best version of Renner the world has ever seen. Then, after being nominated for an Oscar and receiving a slew of other accolades for that performance he followed up with a Golden Globe-nominated performance in 2010's The Town. Yes, he relentlessly made Hawkeye the lamest Avenger by far in Marvel's world-dominating franchise, but his compelling performance in David O. Russell's American Hustle almost made up for the abomination that is Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013). And forget America's rude awakening that "ugly hot" actors are appealing; Renner made us question if "sexy ugly" is a thing.
Unfortunately, Renner's ex has alleged that what lays beneath the actor's mystique is far uglier than his face. Sonni Pacheco, 28, has filed court documents stating that Renner, 48, attempted to kill her in 2018. The two divorced in 2014 after a 10-month marriage. Their deeply contentious custody battle over their now 6–year-old daughter, Ava, has led the couple to publicly defame each other to their friends, in the press, and in court. Pacheco claims that Renner suffers from drug addiction and mental instability. In particular, she recounted a night in November when Renner was allegedly drunk and high on cocaine, telling people he "could not deal with her [Pacheco] anymore, and he just wanted her gone." She claims that a nanny overheard Renner say he planned to kill Pacheco in her own home before killing himself, because "it was better that Ava had no parents than to have [Sonni] as a mother." The court documents also describe Renner putting a gun in his mouth and threatening to kill himself, leaving cocaine within reach of their daughter, verbally and emotionally abusing Pacheco, and firing a gun into the ceiling.
In response, Renner denied all claims, countering that Pacheco is the one with addiction and emotional issues, including an "obsession with sex" that shows itself in Pacheco's artwork. He expressed concerns about his daughter's well-being if she were to be exposed to "such dark, graphic, sexual material on a daily basis." In addition to wanting Pacheco to "overcome her overwhelming obsession with demonizing" Renner, he claims his ex-wife would brag to her friends that she'd "bagged an Avenger." Renner paints a picture of a woman obsessed with fame and material gain, pointing to her jokes about introducing her friends to fellow Avenger cast members so they could "bag an Avenger, as well."
Renner's PR team released a toned down response in an official statement: "The well-being of his daughter Ava has always been and continues to be the primary focus for Jeremy. This is a matter for the court to decide. It's important to note the dramatizations made in Sonni's declaration are a one-sided account made with a specific goal in mind."
Custody battles are sad, turbulent, sometimes traumatic—and, above all, private. Nonetheless, it's not uncommon for celebrity splits to exploit public image and defamation of character to sway court decisions. Renner and Pacheco continue to lodge allegations at each other in court documents, including Renner's claim that Pacheco sent explicit photographs of him to their custody evaluator in order to cause him "extreme embarrassment."
Clearly, 2019 hasn't been a good year for Jeremy Renner. As The New York Times pointed out in "The Rise and Fall of the Jeremy Renner App, Which Was a Real Thing," the most bizarre aspect of the actor's app was that people used it at all. The Ringer observed in 2017, "Within the confines of the Jeremy Renner app, it looks like a digital utopia, a cocoon of Renner love and inspirational quotes. But elsewhere on social media, a small but very vocal group of impassioned fans has posted fierce accusations of censorship and contest-rigging." After comedian Stefan Heck realized that the app could easily be manipulated by any user to make their comments appear as if Renner himself was posting them (or any celebrity, for that matter), Renner was forced to shut it down with the last post, "The app has jumped the shark. Literally."
How could 2019 get any lower for Renner? Have you heard his recent album? Have you seen one of Jeep's weird commercials featuring his original songs? Did you know Jeremy Renner voice acted as a husky named Swifty who works in the mailroom of a dog delivery service in the upcoming animated feature Arctic Dogs?
If you were unaware, Renner's "Heaven Don't Have a Name" has been described as "Imagine Dragons except somehow worse" and "quite possibly the worst song of 2019." Fortunately, Arctic Dogs is set for release on November 1. Get your tickets now!
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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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