NEO-NAZI BLACK METAL BASSIST ELECTED TO GREEK PARLIAMENT
I’m honestly not familiar with the Greek black metal band Naer Mataron, despite the fact that their last release, 2008’s Praetorians, was released on the venerable Season of Mist label. But their bassist, Giorgos Germenis (pictured above with and without corpse paint — without it, he looks kinda like Curly from The Three Stooges, no?), has just been elected to Greek parliament. And normally I’d be all in favor of some metal dude being involved with legit government… only he’s been elected as a member of The Golden Dawn party, who, according to The New York Times, are a less-than-fun group:
“Founded in the early 1980s by sympathizers of the military dictatorship that governed Greece from 1967 to 1974, Golden Dawn has always espoused a neo-Nazi ideology. Its symbol clearly resembles the swastika, and copies of [Adolf Hitler’s] Mein Kampf and books on the racial superiority of the Greeks are on prominent display in its Athens headquarters.”
Charming, right? And given the state of Greece’s economy, it isn’t shocking that Golden Dawn would be gaining some leeway — fascist assholes have been taking advantage of the down-on-their-luck and scapegoating “The Other” pretty much forever. The way Germenis does in this quote on how to best govern Greece:
“Greek factories must be reborn, their chimneys must be filled with smoke once more, and of course all illegal immigrants must leave. If all the illegal immigrants left — and there are more than three million — there would be three million jobs for Greeks.”
So that quote doesn’t obviously espouse Nazism, but it sure as hell doesn’t espouse liberal ideals, either. This guy is, in all likelihood, a world-class fuckhead that even Ted Nugent probably wouldn’t want anything to do with. I mean, probably. If you told me that Nugent thinks we should round up illegal immigrants and and hunt them for sport, I wouldn’t be very surprised.