Thursday, January 29, 2009
DEGENERATE ART: BANANA REICH
We have finally come up against some vocal criticism of The Daily Hitler blog. I thought i'd address these issues here, also as a way of clarifying what this is all about.
1. As independent-minded as this blog may actually be, it comes off as Hitler-obsessed.
This is true. My wife & i have been Hitler-obsessed since we started dating. He are both interested in history, politics, art & design & Hitler is a major character in these spheres. We believe that taboos are for the mentally weak, although we understand them.
2. I don't get it really, I mean who gives the shmuck that much attention unless they have some idea of turning him into an icon or something?
Hitler is already an icon, as our research has proven. Hitler has been an icon since the beginning of his political career, it is why he is easy to obsess over & ends up appearing in all media & will continue to do so as long as humanity exists. "Hitler was the first rock star." ~David Bowie. (Bowie opens up "Diamond Dogs" with "This Ain't Rock & Roll, This is Genocide!") Bowie was very much a part of the initial impetus for the creation of Goblinko. Calling Hitler a shmuck is pretty funny as well, to me, a shmuck isn't someone who will be remembered for all of human existence. A shmuck is someone you don't remember.
3. Its a turn off.
Different strokes for different folks. This is a crucial component of an understanding of humanity & Goblinko's love of freedom. Some people eat bugs, bacon, dogs & bits of human albinos, others are vegetarians. Some people like pictures of kittens, other people like Nazi stamps. My wife Katie decided to start this blog, she is a Jew whose direct blood relatives died in Nazi Germany. Senses of humor, generosity & comparative reasoning work wonders with the viewing of all cultural products, The Daily Hitler not the least of them. To assume that ANYTHING is universally in bad taste indicates a desire for a large degree of control over the motley crew that is humanity. If you look back to my post about the Swastika in Punk, you'll find this.
"Oversocialized leftists have long argued against negation as a tool to change the world: “Sure, you’re disrupting things,” they say, “but what’s your program?” The punk program *was* disruption. Punk codified the art of “not-niceness.” Artist Arturo Vega painted day-glo swastikas that decorated the Ramones’ apartment. He considered the paintings, “a closet Nazi detector,” exposing those who most loudly objected as repressing their own authoritarian tendencies (“I always thought that to conquer evil,” he says, “you have to make love to it”)." ~Al Giordano
“Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.” ~Mel Brooks (another Hitler-obsessed Jew)
“Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.” ~Charles Bukowski
“To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it`s like getting a standing ovation. But one must remember that there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad taste.” ~John Waters
“What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.” ~Charles Baudelaire