There’s nothing wrong with introducing Nazi role play in the bedroom, journalist Mark Oppenheimer wrote in an advice column — but he scolded the letter writer for being a self-hating Jew.
Famous sex writer Dan Savage called on Oppenheimer, who is Jewish, to answer the unusual question on his blog “Savage Love.”
The letter writer, a Jewish woman in her 20s, found herself in quite a pickle with her German lover.
She wanted to ask him to fulfill her Nazi role play fantasy, but was scared he would be offended.
“How long do I have to wait to ask my German lover, who is übersensitive about the Holocaust, to indulge me in my greatest — and, until now, unrealized —fantasy: Nazi role-play?” the woman asked. “He is very delicate around me because I am a secular Jew and the descendant of Holocaust survivors.”
Oppenheimer, who writes about religion for the New York Times, advised the woman not to hold back in speaking to her lover about her fantasy, “First off, I think that Die Fraulein should make her kinky proposal ASAP,” he wrote.
“Given the ‘hyperapologetic’ curriculum that her Teutonic stud has absorbed, he is probably going to freak out … On the other hand, if he’s open and kink-positive, he’ll probably be down for whatever,” Oppenheimer continued.
Oppenheimer did object to the way the lady described her Jewish identity.
“In her letter, she assures us that she is ‘secular,’ ‘anti-Zionist,’ and ‘garden-variety self-hating’ — then jokingly compares herself to the Jewish white supremacist (played by Ryan Gosling in that movie [the Believer]) who in real life killed himself after the New York Times outed him as a Jew,” Oppenheimer wrote.
“Now, all of us (especially homos and Yids) know something about self-loathing, and I think Jews are entitled to any and all views on Israel, and — again — I am not troubled by her kink. That said, I do think she needs to get to a happier place about her own heritage,” he continued.
The letter writer should try to be more comfortable with her Jewish identity, Oppenheimer wrote, because her “obvious discomfort” is “not healthy, or attractive.”
Savage added that he had consulted a German friend on the issue who said he would not fulfill such a fantasy “in six million years,” referring to the number of Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.
The letter writer is not the first to incorporate Nazis into her sexual fantasies.
Stalag fiction was a genre of erotica, popular in Israel in the 1950s and early 1960s, that depicted often violent sexual encounters in concentration camps, generally between imprisoned Allied soldiers and female SS guards.
The genre was banned by the government following the trial and hanging of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann in 1962.
The Night Porter, a 1974 Italian cult-hit film, also depicted a sadomasochistic relationship between a Holocaust survivor and an SS officer.
Holocaust surviror Boris Lurie, who passed away in 2008, also juxtaposed sexual images with those depicting Nazi horrors in his art.
Lurie’s most controversial work, “Railroad Collage,” shows a bare-bottomed pinup girl pasted on top of a photograph of corpses stacked on a flatcar.
An Australian Jewish group has criticized author Camille Paglia for referring to Taylor Swift as an “obnoxious Nazi Barbie.”
The chairman of the Australian B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission called Paglia’s comments, which she published in an article for the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, “obscene.”
“While Paglia is entitled to her views about Taylor Swift’s music and performance, her absurd and offensive comparison of Swift to the Nazis, whose genocidal policies and actions resulted in the systematic persecution and slaughter of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust, betrays an ignorance of what really happened in Hitler’s Third Reich,” said Dvir Abramovich, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Such obscene and insensitive equations have no place in our cultural discourse and only serve to demean and trivialize the memory and suffering of the victims.”
Abramovich called on the Hollywood Reporter to “repudiate” the article and issue a public apology.
Paglia, an eminent feminist academic and social critic, made headlines last week with her polarizing essay about Swift, who is among the best-selling American musicians of all time.
“Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props,” Paglia wrote.
Paglia’s argument focused on Swift’s “girl squads” and the way she often surrounds herself with celebrity friends on and off stage.
“Writing about Swift is a horrific ordeal for me because her twinkly persona is such a scary flashback to the fascist blondes who ruled the social scene during my youth,” she said.
The #USWNT just marched on stage with @taylorswift13. Crowd chants USA USA! #TaylorSwift1989Tour pic.twitter.com/E3fb8jeTIE— John A. Oswald (@nyc_oz) July 11, 2015
Old dude goes to #TaylorSwift1989Tour. Gets new #BFF. http://t.co/JIQDjRTSK5 via @nyc_oz @metronewyork #TaylorSwift pic.twitter.com/sz2idrF7Zb— John A. Oswald (@nyc_oz) July 13, 2015
Sir Christopher Lee, who died on Sunday at 93, was an amazing actor.
Over the course of his half-century career, he played Count Dracula nine times. He starred as a villain in a Bond film (“The Man With the Golden Gun”). Younger audiences may remember him as Saruman from “Lord of the Rings.” (Or, Count Dooku from “Star Wars Episode II: The Clone Wars,” but we don’t talk about that.)
But beyond his acting prowess, it turns out Christopher Lee was a pretty amazing human, period. According to family lore, he was a descendent of Charlemagne on his father’s side, and of the infamous Borgias on his mother’s side. He sang on multiple heavy metal albums in his 80s and 90s. He served in the Special Operations Executive during World War II (also called Winston Churchill’s “Secret Army”).
Oh, and he also hunted Nazis.
According to The Telegraph, Lee spent time after the war working for the Central Registry of War Crimes, tasked with finding and prosecuting Nazis. This work took him concentrations camps all over Europe, including Dachau. “We were given dossiers of what they’d done and told to find them, interrogate them as much as we could and hand them over to the appropriate authority,” he told The Times in 2009. “We saw these concentration camps. Some had been cleaned up. Some had not.”
This experience reportedly helped himto craft his role as the treacherous Saruman the White in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
In a behind-the-scenes interview on the “Lord of the Rings” set, Jackson revealed how he learned about Lee’s past during a particularly bloody scene.
“When Wormtongue rises up and comes up behind Saruman to stab him, of course it was my job as director to talk to Christopher Lee and to explain to him what I wanted, so I started to go into this long explanation about what sort of sound he should make when he got stabbed,” he explained.
Lee: “I seem to recall that I did say to Peter, ‘Have you any idea what kind of noise happens when somebody’s stabbed in the back? Because I do.”
Jackson: “He proceeded to talk about some sort of very clandestine part of World War II. He seemed to have expert knowledge of exactly the sort of noise that they make and so I just sort of didn’t push the subject any further.”
RIP to the most badass of actors. You’ll be missed.
Next time you reach for those Life & Style and In Touch magazines while in the supermarket checkout line, you might want to keep in mind the dark side to those gossip rags — and it goes beyond Tom Cruise’s defamation suit against them for claims that he abandoned his daughter Suri.
An investigation by entertainment and media news website The Wrap reveals that the publisher of these magazines, Bauer Media Group, deals in Nazi-themed material and pornography (sometimes combining the two). Among Bauer’s publications is Der Landser, a German military adventure magazine with World War II stories told through the eyes of Hitler’s armies. Not surprisingly, it is popular with skinheads and neo-Nazis. German magazine Der Spiegel has called Der Landser “a specialist journal for whitewashing the Wehrmacht.”
Bauer is a huge privately held international media empire with 600 print publications, 300 websites, 50 TV and radio stations, and billions of dollars in annual revenue. It claims to have the highest retail sales of magazines in the United States.
The Anti-Defamation League called out Joan Rivers out on her comparison between Costco and Nazi Germany, three days after the comedian made a public display outside a Los Angeles Costco store.
After Costco made the decision not to carry her book, “I Hate Everything…Starting with Me,” Rivers protested a local store by chaining herself to one of its shopping carts and shouting from a bullhorn.
In an interview outside the store, Rivers said: “People should have the right to have the literature they want. This is the beginning of Nazi Germany.”
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