Did H&M create fake neo-Nazi metal bands in order to “honor” them and sell clothes?
Metal Injection is investigating the weirdness.
A marketing campaign by some entity calling itself Strong Scene Productions claimed to be designed to sell a new “metal” line by the Swedish retailer.
The campaign purported to be highlighting forgotten underground metal bands of yore. The weird thing? None of them actually appeared to exist before a couple of weeks ago.
“As illustrated by the bomber jacket and t-shirts worn by the models of H & M, the new items feature logos from long-forgotten underground goth- and thrash acts such as the French LANY, Mexican MORTUS, American “cosmic hippie metal” -gurus MYSTIC TRIANGLE and GREY from Germany – the originator of the whole symphonic female metal-genre.
“Here’s the problem, none of these bands have any sort of history beyond pages created this year. For example, Strong Scene claims to be founded in 1999, yet they only recently launched a Facebook page. They have an amazing Geocities-like “official” website listing all their bands, none of which have info on them available anywhere.”
A Reddit member claiming to remember one of the bands from high school had only been a Reddit member for a few hours.
Strong Scene posted a video to YouTube featuring these supposed “legendary” underground groups.
And some guy on Twitter who’s a metal something or other claims these bands are all his favourites, though the tweets have been removed since Metal Injection posted them. See them there.
“But here is the absolute worst part, if this is all a giant marketing stunt. Two of the bands seem to have ties to the NSBM scene (that’s National Socalist Black Metal aka racists/neo-nazis). For example, the bio of the band “The One” lists them as being a part of the official band page of the record label “National Heritage Pride.” The band LA/NY have imagery of Hitler on their band profile.”
The image has since been removed from wherever it came from. But still. What the what?
There’s more. Read it here.
H&M reportedly says they know nothing about any of this, and after the story broke, it seems that Strong Scene distanced themselves from H&M and claimed the whole thing was some kind of joke, and that they are actually “a one- time improvised, collective art project in the vein of Spinal Tap, Monty Python and the Yes Men with no intentions on anything except for art.”
Er, yes. Just like Spinal Tap. But with Hitler. Makes sense. Either that or a super idiotic campaign gone horribly wrong.
Either way, I vote this one a big fail. Your art, I like it not, Strong Scene.
I’ll leave it to you to figure out what this is an ad for.
Speaking of butts, someone is selling Glitter Pills on Etsy. They’re supposed to make you poop glitter, apparently, but they’re not supposed to make you poop glitter because you’re not supposed to take them. You’re just supposed to look a them and think “Haha. Those pills would make me poop glitter but swallowing glitter would be dangerous, so I’ll just look at them.” Some people probably take them anyway. But you shouldn’t. Don’t take the glitter pills.
From the site: “this item is not meant for consuption, and is only intened for decorative purposes and are not edible, store is not responsible for any misuse of product.” (Typos theirs)
Another way to poop glitter is to becomes a burlesque performer. All the burlesque ladies wind up pooping glitter after performances. It’s a hazard of the trade.
Sooooo, this was posted in 2006, but Pee Wee Herman just posted it now on Twitter, which brought it to the attention of Laughing Squid, which brought it to to mine.
Here is a super weird woman exercising with poodles. And, apparently, this is a word-for-word parody of Susan Powter’s first workout video. ( Susan Powter is also very strange. And loud.)
The video was part of a series of 10 films made for the 2004 Athens Olympics, by Nagi Noda.
That’s a lot of bats. Like, a LOT of bats. I don’t even…like, I mean, that’s a lot of bats.
This is a man covered in bees.
She Ping, a beekeeper in Chonhqing, southwest China, apparently did this as a “personal challenge.”
For some of us a “personal challenge” is getting to work on time four days a week, or waiting until seven pm to drink wine. Things mean different things to different people.
She Ping, who is actually breaking his own record for “dude covered in the most bees” here, said he was “hot, suffocating and nervous” and was stung more than 20 times. Which is really not a lot when you think about it.
See more crazy pics at The Guardian!
My friend posted a picture of himself on Facebook with his cat on his head, and that is my favourite picture of the day.
My other favourite pictures of the day? These.
Redditor and genius OB1FBM explains, “I participated in one of the biggest Magic: the Gathering tournaments of all time this weekend. In an effort to document it, I posed for pictures near people with exposed asscracks. I present to you Grand Prix Richmond Crackstyle.”
This project really requires no further explanation.
(If you want to see more mancracks go to OB1’s Imgur page)
I’m guessing your mind would have gone towards something to keep my vagina warm, which is a weird idea, but is it more or less weird than the actual “vagina toaster?”
I only have questions. No answers.
Buy one here.
(blurred image taken from The Worst Things for Sale, for social media posting purposes)