Nicholas James Pell writes about the Death in June “controversy”:
If we’re going to start handing out red cards for acting stupid, where does the line get drawn? Why are some groups “beyond the pale” and others not? Morrissey has a history of making racially provocative statements, referring to the Chinese as a “subspecies” because of their culture of animal cruelty. He’s flirted with fascist trappings in song and on the stage. Yet there are no pickets when he comes to town to moan about lost love, cholo gangs, and boxing.
Manic Street Preachers have been highly supportive of the communist regime in Cuba. Malcolm McLaren famously forced the New York Dolls to pretend to be Stalinists under his management. Where were the screeching mobs and the acts of vandalism then?
The message is, apparently, that it’s OK to adopt the trappings of totalitarianism and state-sponsored murder just so long as it’s done in the name of egalitarian utopia.
More to the point, however, is the behavior of those who oppose Death in June’s message, which has more to do with Douglas P.‘s statement that he prefers “to suck white, uncircumcised cocks” than anything out of Mein Kampf or Oswald Mosley’s playbook.
Compare with how leftists “protested” Death in June gigs, straight out of Brownshirting 101…