Content note: racism, sexual assault, military sexual assault, misogyny, man-on-woman physical violence, female/female sexual assault and murder
Well, this video far surpassed my expectations of how bad it was going to be. I wrote about the trailers briefly in my first entry on misogyny in industrial videos. Seeing the first installment of this suggested set of videos, well, I'll just show it to you first.
There don't seem to be any good guys in this video. But we are first met with a white blond woman tied to a chair being threatened by a muscular brown man who then proceeds to torture her. The violence against her is glorified by not only the pounding bassline but also the suggestion that she is being interrogated about world domination.
This starts the video off reinforcing the racist (systemic, strategic) stereotype that brown people, specifically those from the Middle East, are torturers and misogynists with no regard for the lives of women. How soon we forget guantanamo bay and how white dominated Western militaries have poured loads of money, time, tactics and so on into their prisons and torture facilities. Into the coverups when these facilities are exposed. Into the massive racial profiling of brown people and labeling all kinds of people who dissent from the government terrorists. Moving on. It only gets better.
We later meet the leader of this group. A white dude with a side part flop in a nazi-esque military uniform, complete with arm bands and all, showing off for the camera as the lead singer of the band. The two white women, tall, thin, with very tight clothing and lots of make up stand silently behind him waiting for orders. Note we see no torture happening on part of the man obviously making nods to Hitler reminiscent of the film Downfall, pointing at the map angrily. The man responsible for a regime who killed millions of jews, queers, differently/dis abled people, mentally different people, women, children, and so on is acted out as a strong figure surrounded by beautiful women waiting to follow his every order. Including sexual assault.
After we see clip after clip of the women prisoner in the pain of torture, we then pan to her being stripped naked and assaulted by the two women behind hitler-wannabe. The original torturer is gone, and we are left with an eroticized view of only the bodies of two uniformed women, as well as one gloved person whose gender we don't know, assaulting a woman who is their prisoner. Eventually she begins to show affection back placing her arms on those of the other women. I am sure the clever director thought this made it erotic. But for many survivors of sexual assault, especially that which happens to 1 in 2 women in the military, it's simply triggering and awful to watch.
We then pan back and forth between not-Hitler and his droog assaulting a woman with a bag over her head until we meet him at his desk again. The woman who has just been physically beaten, tortured, and sexually assaulted meets Der Fuhrer Nachtler at his desk and received the N pin on her collar, right where the SS would be. She earned her pin through submitting to physical and sexual violence, as if she had a choice. Most of us don't.
Oh but wait, she walks out of the room and another woman clad in tight clothesand red lipstick is ordered by nachtmuhrer to follow her and strangle her to death. What an exciting twist! Actually, no.
On top of all of the nazi glorifying racist misogyny, the song isn't even that good.
On Nachtmahr's website, the bio begins with a quote from Winston Churchill. Is this irony? When the other parts of this set of videos come out, will we find it all being a statement against maziism, racism, and misogyny? I don't think that's really possible given the mistakes already made. But hey, I'll watch and see.
UPDATE: If you want Thomas Rainer's side of things, that ironically does a far better job of making him look bad than we did with this article, idieyoudie did an interview with him after the whole ad-ver-sary on stage protest. The comments section is the best part.
Also, for those claiming "kink-shaming," I've been involved in BDSM scenes for about 15 years off and on. It's not an excuse to be a rapey douchebag, though some dudes do use it for that, and Thomas Rainer really likes those dudes. I don't hang out with those dudes.