"The Olsen Twins of the White Nationalist Movement"

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Maybe it's just the jaded former teen magazine editor in me, but I find ABC News' recent article about the "Prussian Blue," a neo-Nazi teen singing duo whose repertoire features ditties about Rudolph Hess and "Aryan Man Awake," something short of disturbing. Or even newsworthy for that matter. From the ABC News account:

They may remind you another famous pair of singers, the Olsen Twins, and the girls say they like that. But unlike the Olsens, who built a media empire on their fun-loving, squeaky-clean image, Lamb and Lynx [Gaede] are cultivating a much darker personna. They are white nationalists and use their talents to preach a message of hate.

This isn't to say that the 13-year-old twins aren't spectacularly retarded and offensive as a concept–and they've yet to record the inevitable album of David "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fascist" Bowie, Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees, and Sid Vicious covers. But the whole story seems so fake, a clear and cynical attempt to titillate the press regarding the supposed lure of dangerous ideas on the rise somewhere in red America. Like the "meth epidemic," neo-Nazis–double losers who inevitably pledge allegiance to the utterly defeated Confederate States of America and the Third Reich–are a topic mainstream media turn to on slow news days.

But as in many of these sorts of stories, ABC News fails to deliver the goods on these Ilsas She Wolves of the SS in training bras. According to the story, they've got "one album out, another on the way, a music video, and lots of fans." But the story never drops even the vaguest hint of what "lots of fans" means or how much merchandise they've moved. The same utter vagueness goes for other bands signed to Resistance Records, which is apparently the label of choice for musicians channeling Henry Gibson's character in The Blues Brothers. Indeed, the story points out that the girls' attempt to send clothes and supplies to the "white victims" only of Hurricane Katrina was so unpopular that "the supplies ended…[[being] dumped at a local shop that sells Confederate memorabilia."

Until Prussian Blue gets an audience that extends beyond their mother, their record label's owner, and ABC News–or form a band with Prince Harry (hmm, Tony Orlando and the New Dawn?)–I don't think the Olsen twins or Americans have too much to worry about.

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  1. The article was hardly newsworthy, but I hope the Howard Stern booking department read it. Get on this Baba Booy!

  2. It’s an interesting news article to me because these days labeling people racists requires such tip-toeing. Here, ABCNews doesn’t have to screw about and damn does it run with that ball. It’s aided by the admissions of the parents and the lyrical content, of course, but my sensors detected some newsroom enjoyment of calling haters “haters” for once.

  3. What a coincidence. I actually heard of these girls the other day from an “interview” on the joke site, Something Awful.

  4. These girls are just poets, like gansta rappers. they are just channeling the environment they grew up in. how is the world going to know about their struggles with their identity if they can’t get their songs out? they should win a nobel literature prize.

  5. These girls are just poets, like gansta rappers.

    What’s amusing is that when “Gangsta Rappers” do the same thing and people disagree it’s the *audience* that is called racist!

  6. I think those are the same two girls who were featured in a Louis Theroux documentary a few years ago. They seemed like nice kids, just… a bit Nazi. The blame lies entirely with their mother, who has raised them in these beliefs from the start. I can’t say I’m surprised to see that they’re now gaining wider attention, but I am more than a little disappointed.

    The show itself was utterly terrifying, more so because Theroux seemed genuinely scared and bewildered by what was happening. His usual style is to play the confused Englishman abroad, innocently curious about his subjects’ way of life. The only time I’ve ever seen him directly confront someone was when he accused these kids’ mother of raising them to be neo-Nazis, regardless of the terrible consequences that will have on them for the rest of their lives.

  7. What’s amusing is that when “Gangsta Rappers” do the same thing and people disagree it’s the *audience* that is called racist!

    What’s less amusing is when one commenter makes an ironic comment, and then another comment comes along to *explain* the joke.

  8. Prussian Blue

    As had been pointed out to me, the term “Prussian Blue” is a reference to a holocaust denial theory. It has nothing to do with the girls Aryan heritage.

    The denial paper:
    http://natall.com/national-vanguard/assorted/prussian.html

    A refutation of the paper:

    http://www.holocaust-history.org/auschwitz/chemistry/blue/

  9. What’s less amusing is when one commenter makes an ironic comment, and then another comment comes along to *explain* the joke.

    ouch…apparently my humour is set on “redundant” this morning…I promise I was trying to be witty!

  10. The Olsen twins SING? I have often wondered what it is they actually DO besides gracing my TV screen for no apparent reason every other day.

  11. Xmas – isn’t it a parrot with lovely plumage that’s pining for the fjords?

  12. But no one ever tells us whether the music is any good.

  13. okay has no doubt come to this conclusion based on his broad exposure to “gangsta rap.” Not.

    Anyway, “we can’t blame them for starting a race war because everyone else is doing it. Why is it only white Aryans who get in trouble for this?” is Straight Outta Mein Kampf.

  14. I look forward to these girls one day asking me a question.

    And that question is this:

    “Would you like to Supersize that?”

  15. Incidentally, didn’t Gangsta rap go out of style ’round about 1997? These days it seems most hiphop and rap music is far more about getting your party on, rather than bustin’ the proverbial cap.

  16. What a coincidence. I actually heard of these girls the other day from an “interview” on the joke site, Something Awful.

    I think it’s a coincidence the way it only seems to rain when there are clouds in the sky. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which pays the bills by exaggerating the status of racists with audiences in the half-dozens, has been aggressively promoting the reputation of the Gaede girls and Kevin Alfred Strom, the man who wants to be their Maurice Starr. I’d expect the flurry of attention originates therefrom.

  17. These girls just need a good televised open-mouth kiss from Madonna. Straightened Britney Spears right out.

  18. I found the Gillespie interview and the Bowie quotes way more entertaining.

    “And there’s probably any number of pregnant teenage mothers who unfortunately followed the bad advice of Alyssa Milano. Who knows actually how much venereal disease got spread as a result of that column?” – that’s hysterical!

  19. New phrase: Hate Bait.

  20. Jeff:

    now,what would we call die blaue Preussin’s tramp stamp?

    that’s a poser….

  21. From what I have heard in various circles, the term Prussian Blue refers to the color of the residue left by the poison gas used to kill jews in the gas chambers. You may want to check, but that’s the rumor.

    Also, they played a clip of a song on the Glenn Beck program the other day. They are REALLY bad — not only politically but also musically. I am a musician, abiet a drummer, but I can still tell when someone sounds like an alley cat in heat.

  22. Yeah this is pretty creepy, if you check out their site and from there their blog, there’s a picture of one of the girls with a baby named Dresden. I have a feeling that they’ll eventually turn on their wn past and repent, I see tear filled apologies on Oprah (or whatever show takes her place, Tyra maybe?) perhaps a book deal…

  23. Apart from the holocaust connection, Prussian blue was also the first artificial pigment (made in Berlin), and was the color of Prussian military uniforms at one time.

  24. Wow, you really can’t make this stuff up…

    I’d say the inevitable Penthouse pictorial can only be about 10 years or so away.

    Check out their web site if you get a chance. The logo on their DVD has the “i” dotted with a heart. How charming.

    I definitely agree with Tim, though, that the SPLC probably does more to promote this type of goofball shit than anything the “Aryans” do themselves.

  25. I, personally, was shocked to find that one of their songs is on the soundtrack to the movie The 13th Warrior.

  26. I look forward to these girls one day asking me a question.

    And that question is this:

    “Would you like to Supersize that?”

    I don’t think you’ll have long to wait. I googled up a video of them singing, and to describe them as “fuck-awful” would be too kind.

    They can’t sing. They can’t play.

    Think of those irritating neighbors who insist on inflicting endless home videos on you of their obnoxious “little darlings”, and you get the picture.

    Unless the White Nationalists are trying to recruit the alley cats to their cause, this is a non-story.

  27. Their smiley-face Hitler shirts did manage to offend me a bit, I have to admit.

  28. Something tells me they won’t be opening for Bob Dylan any time soon. BTW, ABC is so behind the curve. Vice interviewed them months ago

    http://www.viceland.com/issues/v11n10/htdocs/hello.php

  29. “They seemed like nice kids, just… a bit Nazi.”

    that would seem to be their selling point.

    oh we’re nice kids
    we’re white kids
    and just a little bit naziiiiiiiiii

  30. If they fail, they can always blame the Jew-run media. If they succeed, then they can claim victory over the Jew-run media.

    You can’t shelter them forever, Aryan Nation. Wait until one of ’em bangs Li’l Bow-Wow, then it’s all over.

  31. Hey hey, we’re the Nazis
    And people say we Nazi around
    But we’re too busy singing
    To burn anybody’s town…

  32. to describe them as “fuck-awful” would be too kind.

    Wow, you’re not kidding. Holy crap. I felt like converting to Judaism after about 30 sec. of that awful noise…

  33. drf,

    I think the parrot was a Norwegian Blue.

  34. Girls, I am available to direct music videos. Call me.

    Leni.

    PS You must take direction with absolutely no questioning whatsoever.

  35. Hate, Racist Hate, Other Hate, Spreading Hate, Oh That Vicious Hate, what is with these reporters? They don’t have a got dam thesaurus?

    Nick, you funny guy. Loved that interview from the Way Back Machine.

  36. “They seemed like nice kids, just… a bit Nazi.”

    To be specific, one of them is a little bit Nazi, the other’s a little bit Ku Klux Klan.

  37. You know, what those girls really need is a good old-fashioned bare-bottom spanking….

  38. mediageek,

    Thanks for making me spit up my Snapple!

  39. “To be specific, one of them is a little bit Nazi, the other’s a little bit Ku Klux Klan.”

    That’s some funny shit, right there.

  40. I have a feeling that they’ll eventually turn on their wn past and repent, I see tear filled apologies on Oprah (or whatever show takes her place, Tyra maybe?) perhaps a book deal…

    I seem them getting into a rebellious stage around 16 or 17 and exclusively dating black guys.

  41. The Crayola color “midnight blue” was once called “Prussian blue.” It was supposedly changed during the Cold War because it sounded too much like “Russian blue.” (I’m suprised the name survived World War I, when so many things with “German” and “Prussian” in their names were given new monikers.)
    The term “Prussian blue” was also a slang endearment in mid-nineteenth-century England, possibly because of the key role played by Blucher and the Prussians at Waterloo. In Dickens’s Pickwick papers, Sam calls his father “my Prooshan Blue.”

  42. We are all having a bit of fun discussing the etymology of “Prussian Blue”, so much so that we have obviously lost sight of who we are talking about.

    My guess is that they saw the name somewhere and thought it was cool and teutonic looking.

  43. The great thing for young Lynx and Lamb is that they won’t have to adopt stage names when they begin their stripper careers.

  44. Prussian blue was also the first artificial pigment

    The first artificial pigment was mauve. There’s a whole book about it.

  45. Anon: You know, what those girls really need is a good old-fashioned bare-bottom spanking….

    I hope you are talking about the (over 18) Olsen twins here.

  46. The great thing for young Lynx and Lamb is that they won’t have to adopt stage names when they begin their stripper careers.

    That’s a key issue here Chris. What kind of diseased people name their kids Lynx and Lamb?

  47. The “little bit Nazi” comment got me thinking….
    I’m sure some of you are aware of the Hasidic Jewish reggae singer Matusyahu. I’m thinking an Osmond-style mix-up would be a hit:

    “We’re a little bit Nazi”/”I’m a little bit Orthodox”

  48. slante:

    thank you! at least someone commented on that 🙂

  49. They make me so hot I feel like I am in an oven.

  50. Hmm. Two youngish girls, singing group, social message designed to outrage and titillate — is TaTu still a going concern?

  51. I’ve got several positions for these gals…

  52. The first artificial pigment was mauve. There’s a whole book about it.

    Prussian Blue was invented in 1704 and is sometimes credited as the first artificial pigment. One of the Amazon reviews of that book claims that the mauve inventor ain’t really all that, and that the Brits pumped his reputation up during WWI because they needed a non-German to honor as the inventor of synthetic dyes. Also, the FDA notes that Prussian Blue is useful in treating contamination from radioactive cesium and thallium.

    I can honestly say I learned something today…

  53. I think “Prussian Blue” is also a type of housecat.

  54. is TaTu still a going concern?

    Nope. One of them got pregnant, actually, which kinda ruined their schtick. That was a sad day for perverts everywhere, I tell you.

  55. Hmm. Two youngish girls, singing group, social message designed to outrage and titillate — is TaTu still a going concern?

    In a few years, I think we should hook them up with Kriss Kross.

  56. You can tell these girls are no threat. People make fun of them.

    Do not do this with Islamic Gangstas.

  57. I hope you are talking about the (over 18) Olsen twins here.

    Nah, too bony. You’d hurt your hands.

  58. http://www.movementexposed.blogspot.com/
    This site shows you what kind of mom April Gaede is to her kids. The media should focus on this aspect of her life.
    This blog shows you the criminals that the Gaede children are exposed to when they are not at skinhead concerts
    http://www.vanguardbod.blogspot.com/

  59. Jason:

    What’s the deal with that blog? Is the guy down on white supremacists because they are racist assholes, or because he’s a racist asshole who thinks these other folks are betraying the cause? (Either way, the blog is pretty damn creepy…)

  60. I think it’s the latter, Jim. I find it very entertaining reading, personally, in a sick sort of way. Imagine a world run by hillbillies…

  61. Nope. One of them got pregnant, actually, which kinda ruined their schtick. That was a sad day for perverts everywhere, I tell you.

    Ha ha ha….you know, right around the time when they had their one hit “All the Things She Said”, they were paid for something like 4 or 5 years to not disclose their sexual orientations…just to leave their orientations in question. How lame.

  62. You are right Eric.

    I just remembered from my cat-breeding days (don’t ask). The light-blue tinged white himalayans are called Prussian Blues.

  63. There needs to be a spoof band, a couple of blonde girls who’d perform in clown makeup.

    They could call themselves “Methylene Blue”, for the substance made famous by M.A.S.H. for turning the urine and feces blue.

  64. “The great thing for young Lynx and Lamb is that they won’t have to adopt stage names when they begin their stripper careers.”

    Oh, I think it’s already begun.

    I bet they’re popular on the inbred fascist trailer park-cum-‘fortified compound’ circuit.

  65. “The article was hardly newsworthy, but I hope the Howard Stern booking department read it. Get on this Baba Booy!”

    Yeah, in a few years they can set up a three-way with Beetlejuice.

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