The devil wears mus­cle tees

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“No fats, no fems” — one of the most tyran­ni­cal phrases in gay on­line dat­ing — is now a motto for Amer­i­can Nazis. Ex­cept, a lit­tle bit of fem is OK for the white su­prem­a­cists, specif­i­cally form-fit­ting jeans and T-shirts that cre­ate the op­ti­cal il­lu­sion of one’s dick and arm mus­cles be­ing larger than they are.

“We have to be hip and we have to be sexy,” Andrew Anglin, edi­tor of the racist web­site Daily Stormer, wrote be­fore he and his hench­men in­fested Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia. “Con­tin­ued obe­sity should not be tol­er­ated.”

Af­ter day­dream­ing about the ideal Aryan male body, Anglin’s “Queer Eye for the Racist Guy” of­fers fash­ion tips for fas­cists, im­plor­ing men to sport tighter cloth­ing. You can prac­ti­cally feel Anglin’s eye-roll as he writes, “The worst look ever is a baggy T-shirt.”

“Wear fit­ted T-shirts, where the sleeve goes to the mid­dle of your bi­cep,” he con­tin­ues. If there’s any doubt Anglin was think­ing about Nazi penises while pen­ning his fascin­ista man­i­festo, he con­cludes about T-shirts, “It should not hang lower than [the] base of your mem­ber.”

If only Anglin could find an un­mar­ried, woman-hat­ing, child­less, 30-some­thingyear-old man such as him­self to make sure his shirt-length-to-dick-base stan­dards are ad­hered to. I’m not sug­gest­ing all Nazis are closet cases, or try­ing to use ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity to ema­ci­ate Anglin, but my gay­dar de­tects the kind of pint-sized big man who would yield a tiki torch at a white pride bon­fire while steadily check­ing his cell phone for re­sponses to his Craigslist post seek­ing BBC.

Anglin’s tips are in­tended as mar­ket­ing, be­liev­ing av­er­age Amer­i­cans are will­ing to em­brace a home­grown fas­cist who looks more like Terry Bol­lea (aka Hulk Ho­gan in street clothes) than the bald, pasty out­cast that usu­ally comes to mind when we think of white su­prem­a­cists. Still, his guide­lines read like they were copy-and-pasted from the conflicted Grindr pro­file of some­one look­ing for a masc/bttm who’s ready to take 2.5 inches of white power.

Af­ter dress re­hearsals at Adolf Trump’s cam­paign ral­lies, Amer­i­can Nazis de­buted their mod­ern­ized ha­tred in Char­lottesville, and based on the pho­tos and videos from the week­end, few heeded Anglin’s call for fasci chic. In­stead, many wore the khakis and white polo shirts fa­vored by their con­tin­u­ously obese leader, and they brought the vi­o­lence and thug­gery we thought we de­feated in World War II.

It’s easy and ob­vi­ous to blame Trump for how em­bold­ened racists feel in this coun­try. The pa­tri­ots in Vir­ginia felt so en­cour­aged to own their big­otry that they treated Klan robes as too po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, and marched through town with their pasty, out­cast faces un­cov­ered and un­bowed.

But white supremacy is Amer­ica’s her­pes, and the Trump­ism seen in Char­lottesville was noth­ing but the most re­cent flare-up. While it’s sad to think this ill­ness is in­cur­able, it hurts even more to know this coun­try has barely ever tried to treat it.

In nei­ther our land­scape nor our cul­ture are their tributes or atone­ments for slav­ery, the Trail of Tears, the in­tern­ment of Ja­panese Amer­i­cans or any of the count­less evils per­pet­u­ated for the ben­e­fit of white Amer­ica. In­stead, we have stat­ues and en­graved moun­tains for the traitors and losers; we honor what they fought for, which is one of the rea­sons the United States is for­ever fight­ing it­self. Ryan Lee is an At­lanta writer.

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