Monday, November 30, 2009

No, Mr Doherty... do Jimmy Cagney instead

Proving that - expensive education aside - he's not really that bright, Pete Doherty has been happily singing the Nazi anthem during a German gig.

Apparently, singing the Nazi anthem wasn't meant to be offensive:

In a statement released to Sky News Online, his spokeswoman said the Babyshambles singer "wanted to celebrate his appearance in Munich by assimilating and integrating with the crowd, something he tries do wherever he goes.

She added: "He was unaware of the controversy surrounding the German National anthem and he deeply apologises if he has caused any offence."

The statement went on to say: "Peter himself is from Jewish descent and has fought against racism and fascism with numerous organisations including Love Music Hate Racism.

"This is a subject he feels very strongly about."

You'd have to be a bit thick to imagine that singing the Fuhrer's anthm is going to "assimilate and integrate" you with a nation quite keen to forget that era.

Doherty was hauled off stage and off-air (oh, yes, this was being broadcast, too). Going "it's alright, I had a Jewish ancestor" hardly seems to make it alright.

Who knows the lyrics of Deustchland Uber Alles without knowing the history of the song? No, Doherty isn't a racist. But he's not as clever as we're lead to believe.


Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHhahahahahaa. Oh my god, this is so hilarious! I can only imagine their faces. I remember someone made a light hearted joke to a german exchange student, back when I went to high school in Chicago, and she cried. Then I went to a couple of music festivals in Germany, and even smashed drunk, they kept assuring me that they are "not what the world thinks they are", not racist, hate nazis, bla, bla, ect., ect.. I asked my friend to not tell them I was jewish because I was afraid they's all start apologizing to me. I can't think of a more offensive thing to do in Germany. This is like an episode of South Park or The Simpsons or something...

Unknown said...

And the smirk that comes over his pasty little face as he starts to sing! Astonishing.

Anonymous said...

he's not thick. i imagine he completely knew what he was doing. this is the man who asked his audience at a lmhr gig "hands up if youve ever told a racist joke?" and then proceeded to stick his own arm up, semi-triumphantly. this is what he's always done - goad and tease audiences. he's not doing it without thought, i think he knows exactly what he's doing. i think he just does it to provoke. remember that first nme interview where he gleefully recounted the story of doing hitler impressions to a german girl at the first libertines gig and making her cry? he's just too in love with making a spectacle of himself to care. it's johnny rotten on a darker, more nihilistic, give-a-shit scale

acb said...

He truly is the new Sid Vicious.

I wonder how long until he kills his girlfriend and then ODs on heroin.

WE ARE said...

"Good evening Dresden. Bet you haven't seen one of these in a while...."

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm the first Anon, and if he knew what he was doing, then it's not funny at all. Not free spirited nor rebellious either. It's one thing to spit on the hypocritical sensibilities of a conservative society with shocking behavior, but to deliberately kick people where it hurts is just vile.

...but if it was a stupid mistake it's still funny. Kinda like if a bedouin came over and kept complimenting your obese forever dieting aunt on being huge.

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