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5 Beloved Pop Cultures Seen Through the Eyes of White Supremacists (sNSFW)

I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're not an insane Neo-Nazi, even though statistically speaking someone reading this right now probably is one. Here's how I know that.

A little bit back in my coverage of American Horror Story: Asylum, I mentioned how a plotline in the series was inspired by the real-life Holocaust survivor story of Irene Zisblatt. She swallowed a necklace given to her by her mother and passed it in a cycle to prevent the Nazis from stealing it while she was in the camps. She succeeded and wears the necklace to this day whenever she goes to lecture children on the Holocaust.

Neat little historical tidbit, huh? Well, to the racist wackaloons of the world out there Googling Zisblatt's name for any mention it's not. Instead, it's an excuse to post links in the comments to two-hour badly produced "documentaries" discounting her experiences, and most of the Holocaust itself. Oh, and just for extra fun it was made by a man who jumped a 79-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate and Holocaust survivor in a hotel and tried to drag him into a room.

My point is... this is the face of modern white supremacy. They gather on the Internet to make crappy YouTube videos. They also have their own Wiki page, Metapedia, which is where I learned the nutter half of the story I just told you. When I was done with that, I got curious as to what the mouthbreathers thought of regular old pop culture. Here's perfectly normal geekery seen through the eyes of "master race."

Author's note. In the name of my sanity I have fixed spelling and punctuation errors found in direct quotes. If I've missed some, please forgive me. There were a lot, and this gig doesn't pay enough for an editor's patience.

I bet you didn't know that J.R.R. Tolkien is actually huge with the white supremacist crowd. It's easy enough to see why, I suppose. The Fellowship is made up entirely of white people, including two men of pure royal bloodlines (Three if you count Pippin as heir to the Thain of the Shire), an apex Aryan specimen in Legolas, and a wizard who is pretty much nothing but a stand-in for Odin. The war they fight is against black-skinned orcs and swarthy men who alternate between having Asian or African features depending on when they're described. Kind of like the evolved-Pokémon version of Lovecraft plus swords.

But Tolkien was also an Englishman writing in the time of World War II. More than one critic has pointed out that the oft-forgotten chapter "The Scouring of the Shire" is little more than an allegory of Nazi expansionism. Tolkien himself denied such allegations, claiming that he was more interested in industrialization ruining rural landscapes.

The article on Metapedia, though, lays the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings more at the feet of communism, and communism's apparently secret financiers, the Jews. The evidence of this inspiration is that batshit anti-Semitic conspiracy theories existed at the time Tolkien was writing, so it's inconceivable he wouldn't have been influenced by them. It's the same way that J.K. Rowling was clearly writing an allegory for the United States government bringing about 9/11 themselves.

Speaking of Harry Potter, here is the last sentence from the article. I shit you not.

"The Harry Potter books written by J.K Rowling are an inferior follow on without the basis of Professor Tolkien's profound scholarship. They are politically correct, having the fashionable mixture of foreigners. This is why they very heavily marketed as part of a campaign of cultural genocide."
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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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