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anonymous asked:

my dude m buddy my pal. as a jew tryin to live out my own peaceful life pls would u kindly not speak over all the other jews telling u how awful nazi romanticizing is. can u just. f the shut up with that making light of history bs. nazi coded villains are guess what. rly bad!

Hey anon, I didn’t know the OP of that particular post was Jewish and if I had known I probably wouldn’t have reblogged *that* post to avoid getting personal and/or getting wank; but I would’ve still reblogged one of the dozens of similar posts floating around tumblr - and said exactly the same thing.

That post said ‘stop romanticizing Nazis’ and I said, ‘stop dragging people for enjoying villains who have nothing to do with Nazism except the ~aesthetic’.

(Parenthesis: since you talk about ‘Nazi-coded’ villains, it looks like we’re both agreeing on the fact that said Nazi-coded characters aren’t actually really Nazi at all - it’s the ideology that makes a political movement, not the clothes and the name - so I’m not going to expand on that, and go straight on to the rest.)

Here’s why fandom exploration of Nazi-coded characters it’s not bad, it’s in no way ‘making fun of history’, but it’s actually GOOD and a big improvement on standard Hollywood attitude when it comes to said characters.


Why Nazi-coding is A Thing: television is a visual medium. Nazi is shorthand for Evil. Thus, the Hux in TFA is dressed up like it’s 1938 Germany and the bad guys in the MCU are a post-modern version of a group that was affiliated with the Nazis in WW2 - despite the analogy stopping once you get past the surface. That’s incredibly common in Hollywood (just think of Indiana Jones, for one) - you need a symbol of Instant Evil? Take Nazis, add water.

(TvTropes has a shitload of pages about it - check out Putting on the Reich, Those Wacky Nazis, Commie Nazis, A Nazi by Any Other Name)                   

I’m sure the origin of this practice was well-meaning. It may have done some good, once.

Now the continuous misuse of Nazi and Nazis-looking villains in visual media is harmful. It’s trivializing. You’re accusing *me* of ‘making light of history’? Please, try again - I’m not the one who decided to dress up my villain in black and making them yell ‘Hail’ with one harm raised because it was visually impactful and easier worldbuilding than establishing a decent villain organization. I didn’t write the story. No one of us did.

(Seriously - if you’re feeling personally offended by Nazi references in fandom, however oblique they may be and limited to aesthetic only, you may realize that it’s not *the fandom* who put them there in the first place. They were already there.)

The other reason why Nazi-coding your Bad Guy is trivializing, besides the obvious misuse of Nazi imagery, is that it refuses to explore the idea that villains are people, too. By making use of this Reductio ad Nazi - by or making your villain a faceless icon of the Ultimate Evil organization, you’re painting the world in shades of black and white. It’s cheap, and it’s harmful.

To quote Robert Jay Lifton, a Jewish scholar of war, violence and genocide who’s written an extensive book on the psychology of Nazis:

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