A big-wig in the world of Formula One Racing (the chief, actually) named Max Mosley’s at the centre of a sex scandal involving S&M and role-playing revolving around Nazi scenarios. Here’s a snippet from TIME.com:
Last Sunday the British tabloid News of the World posted video footage on its website of Mosley and five prostitutes in what it frothily described as “a depraved Nazi-style orgy in a torture dungeon.” In the secretly filmed video, the paper reports, Mosley “barks orders in German as he whips two hookers dressed in striped uniforms reminiscent of Auschwitz garb while girls in Nazi uniforms look on.”
Wow. Where do you start, eh?
It gets better. Turns out that his daddy dearest was the leader of the British Fascists back in the pre-war years and both pops and Mosley’s mummy much touted both Hitler and Mussolini as visionaries. Hitler was even a guest at their wedding, which was given by Goebbels.
Yeah. Holy doozie, Batman. Achtung!
I have some strong opinions about the Holocaust…* (Read the footnote for more.) But you have to be a fucking moron to be sympathetic to the Nazis.
There will be people who say that it’s simply acting out a sexual fantasy. It’s not really bad, it’s just play-acting. Yeah, well, some fantasies are left better unplayed. Especially if you have a political sort of career where this shit can come back to bite you.
The guy’s a fucking idiot. I don’t give a shit about the S&M. That’s fine, but pretending they’re a couple Jewish whores in Auschwitz uniforms as he cracks the whip with threats of whatever the fuck… And spectator girls in Nazi unis? It’s a little sordid. Throw his parents’ support for Hitler into the mix, that the Fuhrer was even a guest of his folks, and, yes, he should be made an example of.
I have a lot of issues with the way the media handles the whole Holocaust/Hitler thing, and it’s been bubbling up for me of late, so I really need to dial myself back here, but let me just say this:
The media portrays Hitler as a meglomaniacal paranoid nutbag with a knack for oppressing and exterminating minorities, like what he accomplished could have been done by any whackjob…
And that is a very, very dangerous assumption. Hitler was not insane. He was evil. He was an evil bastard who was a political mastermind, who managed to dupe a nation into going along with a plan to exterminate an entire race of people — hell, he even duped the whole world until he invaded the wrong country. A lot of people waved him off because he was charismatic, and look where that got us all.
Whenever someone says Hitler was brilliant, they’re demonized, as if suggesting intelligence somehow equates ackowleding them as having moral superiority. No, someone can be brilliant and the most evil motherfucker you’ve ever met, or never met, like Hitler.
So, yeah, I think if this guy’s out there laughing it up and getting off of pretending to be oppressing women in what was clearly one of the most horrific acts of inhumanity ever committed against the human race, maybe, just maybe, it’s worth getting his motherfucking ass booted from his semi-political position.
And I feel kind of hypocritical for saying that since I think one of the greatest things about my country is that we do believe that what happens in Canadian’s bedrooms is their business.
But it’s kind of like Vegas: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… But god fuckin’ help ya if it don’t, baby. Mosley’s Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. That’s his problem. Tough. And now we know, so somone needs to pay the price.
Methinks it’s the dude dressing up as a Nazi and whipping faux-Auschwitz girls, but that’s just me.
*What I resent, rather, is the fact that it gets so much press while the other horrific genocides of the past go largely unspoken. [Which is largely because Germany took its reparations above and beyond and has continued to repent for its sins of the past.] What other genocides do I mean? The Congo at the turn of the 19th century, more than 10 million Congo Africans butchered by the Belgians, but do we talk about that and how it fucked that part of the world until even now? The Congo has never healed. Read Adam Hochschild’s brilliant King Leopold’s Ghosts for a literary look at that. Or is there pressure to really, truly at last know how many of his fellow Chinese Chairman Mao ended/killed thanks to a government-induced Great Famine [from bad policies] and the Cultural Revolution or just sheer cruelty? They say between 5 million to 20 million. Fat chance the Chinese will let us at their records any time soon, ditto with the Russians and Stalin, for whom the total genocide numbers are still very unknown, but informed scholars guess around 10 million. Again, Adam Hochschild wrote a brilliant look at the post-Stalinist Russia and the ever-present lingering of Stalin’s legacy, when you could trust no one, in present-day Russia in Unquiet Ghosts: Russians Remember Stalin. Or there’s a great look at Stalin’s probable mind-fuck headset is in the novel Autobiography of Joseph Stalin, by Richard Lourie, which is dark but brilliant and well-researched though fiction.
I think it’s hypocritical that Israel has been so helped and aided by others post-Holocaust, and little has happened to really help the Congo, even now. (That said, I think it’s good that at least Israel and Germany are the only nations really willing to talk about their attrocities. They’ve both been incredibly open about it all, and the reparations seem to have shaped Germany as a country. I wish others would follow suit!) I just keep hoping press beyond Mother Jones and their ilk will force a discussion on how such things affect the psyche of a country at large, and how that perhaps affects its role in international relations. It’s big stuff but we never want to discuss it. Look at the penchance for violence in the Congo even today, where no one has ever really tried to heal the past — perhaps it’s because seeing their ancestors’ heads on stakes as a warning for what happens to those who don’t collect enough rubber sap has created a legacy of the lack of perceived value on human life. Who knows what effect the past had. But I think we need to find out, or we may run the risk of creating an enabling environment. Holy footnote, Batman.