This is my “my pc doesn’t work and I want to kill myself” face.
I hate the world today.
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This is my “my pc doesn’t work and I want to kill myself” face.
The amazing location of Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan (by john willis).
This is one of my all time dream destinations…
Time for music.
#music #headphones #relax #weekend #sunday #sundaylazysunday #lazy #livefromhereblog #livefromhamburg #loveit
Party snapshots from tonight.
#party #becausethenight #friends #LiveFromHamburg #LiveFromHereBlog #polaroid #saturdaynight #weekend
Related to the post i wrote last night.
If you are interested, here you can sign a petition to make the online shop Asos stop selling Boy London products: http://www.change.org/petitions/asos-stop-selling-neo-nazi-brand-boy-london
It is not much, but it is something and maybe it will draw some attention to this situation.
So I am getting a lot into Korean hip-hop lately and I am always discovering new artists and listening to songs and it is all fun and stuff… until I stumbled upon a disturbing picture.
It was a picture of a Korean rapper wearing a sweater with quite a big and famous symbol on it. From there I found a couple more Korean hip hop artists wearing that same symbol on clothes, but it turns out that they are just the tip of the iceberg: googling this further, I found out that also world-known celebrities (e.g.: Rihanna, Rita Ora, Nicky Minaj, just to name a few) wear that stuff.
I was shocked, thus I decided to look deeper into this because I just could not believe my eyes. This is how I discovered that there is a fashion brand called “Boy London” whose logo is… wait for it… the Nazi eagle. Yes you read correctly: the. Nazi. Eagle. The official symbol of Hitler’s Third Reich.
Now someone could argue that there are a lot of eagles used as symbol of this and that and I agree, however the eagle that Boy London uses as its own logo looks basically EXACTLY like the official symbol of the Nazi party. The only detail missing is the swastika inside the circle (which in this case is empty and constitutes the “O” of the word Boy), but the rest is almost identical.
This, above, is the logo on a Boy London t-shirt.
This is the Nazi eagle.
(Both Images found on Google)
Coincidence? Apparently not. Although in the official website of Boy London there is no reference at all to the origin, reason or meaning of their logo nor to World War II or history in general, I researched a bit and found out that the eagle is not the only Nazi symbol that this brand uses: in their London boutique they used to have a portrait of Adolf Hitler himself, which in the past appeared on their products as well. So, no coincidence: they know exactly what they are doing.
So, is this a brand aimed to the militants of some lunatic fringe of a neo-Nazi party? Nope. The target group of this brand are “club kids and fashionistas” and the company positions itself as “edgy and underground” (I am quoting their own website here).
In fact they managed to attract underground and fashionistas celebrities as their ambassadors, at least judging from the many images of celebrities wearing Boy London all around the world. All this made me wonder:
1. Do these people (the celebrities) know what exactly they are wearing (and would still do so if they knew) or do they just mindlessly put on whatever press offices send them (as long as it is cool and they are paid for it)? Or should we believe that suddenly all these celebs are supportive of the Nazi ideology, seeing that they are proudly running around sporting Nazi symbols on them?
2. Are all the young kids aware of what they are doing, or are they just copying their favourite celebrities / following a Fashion trend?
3. Why is no media talking about this? Did no one notice yet? Don’t they find this shocking? Don’t they see the danger that constitutes this trend which is making a symbol of the Nazi ideology look cool? (I found very little about this brand and only on a couple blogs, but nothing on official media)
4. Here in Germany all symbols connected with the Nazi era are forbidden (as in: illegal). So if, say, Rihanna arrives in Germany for a concert and lands for example at the Berlin airport (which, like every other airport in the world, is full of police) wearing a Boy London sweater (just like she did in London), would the law apply to her as well (as in: would she get arrested)? I am very curious about this….
Many could argue that fashion has always pushed boundaries and I agree; I even appreciate pushing boundaries in some cases - especially in fashion, but I do not think that this is the case. I think it is plain offensive and simply not acceptable to wear the symbol of one of the most abhorrent acts in the history of humanity like it was something cool and fashionable. Or did we already forget what Nazis did?
I know that the brand was established in London in the 70s, a period - and a place - when the punk/underground scene was exactly aiming at shocking the mainstream culture (and for some good reasons) by using controversial and, well, shocking stuff, which did not mean that people back then really were neo-Nazi. I get it. But now? Much different. Neo-Nazis are a real problem and minimizing it to the level of a fashion trend in my opinion is dangerous.
Maybe it is because my grandfather was held prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II (although we are not Jewish and he was able to go back home alive at the end of the war) that I am so offended by this, but I am truly convinced that if people really knew what Nazis were and what they did, they would not find it cool and edgy to wear this logo, but simply distasteful and disrespectful.
Actually, many many people all over Europe (and not only Europe) like me have a grandparent or a relative who was in a concentration camp. Aren’t they offended by this? Why is no one talking about it? I am genuinely perplexed. I mean, WWII took place 70 years ago, not centuries ago.
I am afraid that the memory of this is starting to fade away, and to be honest I am quite concerned by this.
Today’s essentials to survive until the end of the day.
#LiveFromHereBlog #LiveFromHamburg #officelife #mydesk #essentials #coffee #coffeetime #nivea #8hourelizabetharden
OMG I found Kettle Chips here in Germany!! (And I might have gone a bit crazy about it…)
#ahem #LiveFromHamburg #kettlechips #loveit #yummy #LiveFromHereBlog #thisisnotgoingtoendwell
My Valentine (husby) and I…
#valentinesday #love #becausethenight #weekend #livefromhereblog #livefromhamburg
Valentine’s dinner - antipasti.
#valentinesday #love #livefromhereblog #livefromhamburg #trattoriabrunello #hamburg #dinner #weekend #becausethenight (presso Trattoria Brunello)
In the end we decided to go out…
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
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This morning I woke up to find my face extremely red and a bit swollen. The night cream I decided to try out yesterday evening before going to bed? Not such a good idea, apparently.
And with this I thought that the worst part of my day was over (I mean, what more can happen in just one day, right?) and after a short trip to my local pharmacy I went to work, where I spent the day hiding behind my computer monitor.
Unfortunately my boss is sick right now and cannot come to the office, so this evening after work I had to go to her place to bring her some documents (I had previously warned her about the state of my face, in order not to take her by surprise and cause her a heart attack). When I arrived, however, she was not home and I also noticed a flashing red light on one side of her house.
I decided to call her. She told me that she had to go pick up her daughter, but she was already coming back. She also explained that earlier the alarm of her house went off for some reason. She was able to make it stop, but she could not get the red light to stop flashing.
Me: “ok, but everything is fine, right? I mean, it’s not like the police will come and arrest me while I am waiting for you alone in front of your house, right?”
My boss: “OF COURSE NOT!! Don’t worry, I’ll be there in five minutes.”
Exactly three seconds later a police officer appeared at my side pointing a flashlight straight into my eyes and asking for my ID card. Obviously.
And that’s how my day went.
How about you?