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Andrea “JudgyBitch” Hardie dons Nazi t-shirt in an attempt to prove who the hell knows what

Hey, look at meeee!

Apparently our old friend Andrea “JudgyBitch” Hardie — oft-banned antifeminist Twitter “activist” and alt-right hanger-on — was once again feeling a bit ignored by the internet, so she bought herself a Nazi t-shirt and made a lovely video.

Despite the video’s deliberately provocative title (“Hello Fourth Reich!”), this is one of the duller “provocative” videos you’re likely to encounter on the YouTubes — at least until Hardie puts on her swastika t-shirt roughly three-quarters of the way in.

Hardie begins the video wearing a different t-shirt entirely — one adorned with the Rising Sun flag of Imperial Japan. Over the course of the first half of the video she offers a rambling, ignorant and often nonsensical take on the issue of populism — or at least the oversimplified and completely ahistorical caricature of populism she’s got bouncing around in her head.

Her main point, insofar as she has one, seems to be that anyone who’s critical of the current outbreak of “populism” is “sneering at the idea that common, ordinary, everyday people are the best people to identify what the problems in their own lives are.”

Well, no. Demagogues like Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen may claim the label of populism, but they are in fact racist right-wing autocrats who really aren’t much interested in democracy at all. “Populism” has, historically, always had a dark nativist streak to it, suffused with anti-Semitism and what historian Richard Hofstadter called the “paranoid style” of politics.

But let’s not linger too long on the history of actual populism, because we haven’t even gotten to the real point of the video, which is that Nazi t-shirt.

Hardie starts the t-shirt portion of the video by pretending to be shocked that the Rising Sun t-shirt she’s wearing isn’t likely to elicit the same outrage as a t-shirt festooned with a swastika — even though the Japanese military forces flying that flag did all sorts of truly horrible shit over the course of many years, from the Rape of Nanking to Pearl Harbor.

But those who wear Rising Sun t-shirts in public aren’t generally going to get accused of supporting any of these terrible things. To most people, Hardie declares, the Rising Sun is nothing more than a “fun meme,” and it turns out that’s just fine with her.

“What i want to know,” she asks, “why is this shirt ok, why is the Rising Sun ok, but” — she dons her Nazi t-shirt — “this shirt is not?”

This is a question that could actually lead to an interesting discussion. Why is the Rising Sun, at least here in North America, seen by most though definitely not all people as a rather innocent cultural symbol — much as the Confederate flag was back in the day when it flew unprotested from every southern state capital and adorned the top of the Dukes of Hazzard’s beloved creek-jumping car? Will perceptions of the Rising Sun change, much as they have for the Confederate flag?

But instead Hardie offers a rambling rant even more incoherent than the rant on populism in the first chunk of her video.

After informing us that the Nazis “were socialists; hey Bernie Sanders, hi” she indignantly asks why it’s considered “not ok” for people to wear Nazi shirts, so much so that YouTube probably “won’t let me monetize this video because of this shirt.”

Maybe because most people rightly connect Nazi symbolism with the Nazis and their hateful history? Maybe because virtually everyone who adorns themselves with Nazi symbols is either an actual Nazi or some other related kind of hateful shit? (Or perhaps the ghost of Sid Vicious.)

But Hardie has another theory, albeit one that makes no fucking sense whatsoever: Apparently people get mad about swastikas because they want to demonize true populists who stand up for the people! By “weaponizing the swastika” these evil liberal lefty anti-populists try to make ordinary people look bad!

I’m not even going to try to transcribe this portion of Hardie’s rant; I’m afraid it might damage my brain. Just watch. The video below should start at the beginning of her, er, explanation, a little more than 15 minutes in. Watch for the next two minutes or so, if you can manage it. Feel free to stop when she starts talking about Pepe the frog. Or if your head literally explodes.

Shortly after her Pepe digression, Hardie informs her viewers that

everyone, at the end of the day, is a stupid violent brute. Everyone. Violence is the only truth.

Huh. That sounds an awful lot like something a Nazi would say.

The only question to her is who controls this violence — evil leftists who actually hate the people, or

the common ordinary people who think, you know what, some of us is dumb assholes and, you know what, those are the first ones we’re gonna shoot. The people have a unique way of taking care of business. 

That’s human history. That’s all of human history.

Er, there are are forms of government that don’t involve whatever group is in power just going out and shooting everyone they don’t like.

And all the swastikas in the world aren’t going to change that.

No. They’re going to make that sort of thing more likely. That’s why most people FUCKING HATE NAZIS. That’s why people tend to get mad when idiots put on Nazi shirts and make videos defending other idiots who put on Nazi shirts.

If you need to clear your head a little after watching that video, this might help.

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Weird (Encouraged by the RESISTANCE!!!!) Eddie
Weird (Encouraged by the RESISTANCE!!!!) Eddie
3 years ago

Truly “Look at MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!”

Paradoxical Intention: Resident Cheeseburger Slut

I honestly feel more sorry for the Buddhists (?) whom the Nazis stole that symbol from.

That symbol rightfully belongs to them, as far as I’m concerned.

Otrame
Otrame
3 years ago

Thanks for the Illinois Nazi vid. It does sort of cleanse the pallet doesn’t it.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

everyone, at the end of the day, is a stupid violent brute. Everyone.

Speak for yourself.

msexceptiontotherule
msexceptiontotherule
3 years ago

Why does this woman inspire me to very strongly urge her to go and put a bunch of fluffy fluffy pillows over her face (moderately tightly…but not that much!) so she’ll take a lovely long nap – unless the violent people show up at her place while she’s snoozing and think she’s waiting for them to reinact some true crime doc storyline…

That would be bad. I mean, if they did show up. Not her taking a nap, that would be something she could really benefit from – looks like she needs it. A loooooooooooooooooong nap, during which the internet and connections to the outside world snipping elves/magical winged dragon-ponies/Mike from the cable-phone-internet-dsl-satellite-landline-whatever company could drop in and help out (our peace of mind & general well being depends on seeing/hearing less of her! ) to improve life for the rest of us!

Ooglyboggles
3 years ago

@Paradoxical Intention: Resident Cheeseburger Slut

The Buddhist Temples I’ve visited in my lifetime still have that symbol. It’s just a tad smaller and out of sight on the statues and other forms of decorations. Fortunately we never had the misfortune of neonazis making a fuss or harassing monks and nuns. It’d be pretty out there if all of a sudden a shit ton of prominent bigots start targeting Buddhists and Asians b/c of whatever the fuck. Hopefully it stays that way.

Pavlovs House
Pavlovs House
3 years ago

David, this is an especially well-written and well-argued post. You have done a good job here integrating historical explanation with humor in the way that’s uniquely yours. I really liked reading this post.

PeeVee the (Timber-Rattling Booger Slut, But Noice) Sarcastic
PeeVee the (Timber-Rattling Booger Slut, But Noice) Sarcastic
3 years ago

I made it 43 seconds. 43 seconds that I should spent petting my old chihuahua (who’s a good girl, kittendoge?)

Wonder what our old friend That_Susan thinks of this shit?

Thanks for taking one for the team, David.

Judas Peckerwood
Judas Peckerwood
3 years ago

If she really wanted that video to go viral she’d have punched herself in the face after putting on the swastika shirt. I’d have watched that a few dozen times.

PeeVee the (Timber-Rattling Booger Slut, But Noice) Sarcastic
PeeVee the (Timber-Rattling Booger Slut, But Noice) Sarcastic
3 years ago

Judas Peckerwood: *Snerk*

Dalillama: Irate Social Engineer

But those who wear Rising Sun t-shirts in public aren’t generally going to get accused of supporting any of these terrible things.

Not in the States or Canada, but try wearing it in Beijing or Mindanao and see how popular you are.

. Why is the Rising Sun, at least here in North America, seen by most though definitely not all people as a rather innocent cultural symbol — much as the Confederate flag was back in the day when it flew unprotested from every southern state capital and adorned the top of the Dukes of Hazzard’s beloved creek-jumping car?

Same reason. Most Imperial Japanese atrocities weren’t perpetrated against white people.

KindaSortaHarmless
KindaSortaHarmless
3 years ago

My personal hypothesis is that since the Rising Sun was also used by the post-WW2 Japan Self Defense Forces and by several American units stationed in Japan, the impact has been lessened. And that the average America probably knows jack about Japanese atrocities during the war.

Serebrianyi Golub
Serebrianyi Golub
3 years ago

Check out the Tian Tan Buddha, aka “the big Buddha,” in Hong Kong. He looms above like a vision from a dream, but once I climbed all those steps and saw him up close, the prominent swastika on his chest really pulled focus. Also, he was constructed in the early 1990s, so maybe this was a pointed effort to reappropriate the symbol from the Nazis?

Ooglyboggles
3 years ago

Nothing like a racist telling me that I shouldn’t be offended by hate symbols they’re appropriating /s

@Serebrianyi Golub
If the Tian Tan Buddha was built with the idea of reappropriating the swastika the travel guides and other sites seem to not mention it at all.

Dalillama: Irate Social Engineer

@Sebrianyi Golub
I doubt they thought about it one way or another. AFAICT hardly anyone in Asia associates the symbol with Nazis, or cares much about them. Certainly the folks who gave my dad a lovely tapestry with a swastika border weren’t thinking of it. (He doesn’t display it much at home…)

Sister Bat'leth of Rational Discussion
Sister Bat'leth of Rational Discussion
3 years ago

Want to make Trump supporters and neo-Nazis uncomfortable?

First, read this article.

Then, if you want your very own “No Nazis” button, they’re easy enough to get. Google Image Search “no nazis” and download one you like. Google “custom pin back buttons” and check out the links until you find a company you like. I found one where I could order 100 1″ buttons for $0.28 each plus shipping, with a $25 first-time setup fee that drops to $5 on subsequent orders of the same design.

I’ve been wearing one since getting my first order. I keep a few more in my change purse, and a small bag of them in my car. If someone says, “I like your pin,” I ask if they’d like to have one. Most of them will say yes; some will say they can’t, and I don’t ask their reasons.

So far I haven’t had anyone try to engage me negatively about the pin. But IMO it serves one very important purpose: it punctures the right-wing bubble. It says, silently but unmistakably, “I AM NOT ONE OF YOU.” And it also serves some of the same purposes as the safety pin — it lets someone who’s afraid or in trouble know that I’m a safe ally, and it reminds ME that if I see something going down, I should not just pass on and ignore, nor yet stand by and watch. Silence is assent. Silence is death.

Cleon
Cleon
3 years ago

@KindaSortaHarmless

Yes, the Rising Sun was associated with Japan both before and after the war (through the JMSDF), so it’s not quite the same. Even Japan’s current flag is a sun (although of a different pattern.)
And I think fewer people are offended by the rising sun because while neo-Nazi groups are many in the United States, neo-Imperial Japan groups aren’t really found outside Japan. So it’s less likely someone using that symbol intends to endorse Japan’s wartime government.

yazikus
yazikus
3 years ago

Andrea! You’re drunk, go home!

Acadia
Acadia
3 years ago

Cool, story, JB. Needs more dragons. /sarcasm

*moves on*

TreePerson
TreePerson
3 years ago

This is great example of fractal wrongness,
people who are likely to wear the swastika with out being bigots (Buddhists) are probably offended by the raising sun (non-Japanese Buddhists).

Fujimoto
Fujimoto
3 years ago

Swastika’s were found in many cultures across the world, often with varying designs, but it’s remarkable how many separate cultures came upon the same basic design to symbolize “the ultimate.” Of course, most of these cultures abandoned it after the Nazi use of it. Mostly it’s Asian cultures that continue using it since the Nazis weren’t prominent there in WWII, what with Japan being the big threat. Speaking of which, Japanese culture is one area where the Nazi association is better known and some efforts have been made to downplay it since a lot of manga, anime, and video games get exported around the world, and featuring swastikas in a positive or even neutral sense can be awkward outside of Asia.

Mobile Swedish Sexual Bread
Mobile Swedish Sexual Bread
3 years ago

Yeah, she can fuck right the hell off with the idea that goddamned NAZIS should somehow be considered acceptable in any society. She can consider herself lucky that she lives in Canada and not over here in Germany, where we take a dim view of Nazis.

Some Guy
Some Guy
3 years ago

Apart from anything else, the whole “sneering at the idea that common, ordinary, everyday people are the best people to identify what the problems in their own lives are.” is just classic anti-science

Like, there’s half a point here but there’s ALSO the mindset that antivax is okay because mothers know better than doctors and anti-climate is okay because oil tycoons know better than scientists.

In reality, some problems are just too large in scope for an unexperienced individual, even one directly affected by the problem, to identify and solve it. That’s why we HAVE experts.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

Ha, ha, ha!

I’m really enjoying the fact that right behind Andrea Hardie, who’s wearing a charming Nazi T-shirt in her picture-perfect kitchen, is a graphic that says

Live. Love. Laugh.

So many personas. So little time.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

@yazikus

Andrea! You’re drunk, go home!

Yep.

Not to mention this:

Andrea! You’re drunk, at home! Stop filming!

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

Shorter Andrea Hardie:

Hey, Nazi guyz! Those are my breasts behind the swastika — does that turn you on?

Hope so!

Kuronekonya
Kuronekonya
3 years ago

Um, try displaying the Rising Sun anywhere in Asia that has been occupied by the Japanese during WWII. Try it. My family is from Taiwan and as much as Taiwan has a good relationship with Japan, that symbol would NOT go down well by anyone there. At all.

Swastikas on the other hand, are common in Asia because it has always been considered a religious symbol, and since the nazis never made it here it remains fairly untainted. There’s no attempt at reappropriation because as far as most people are concerned its meaning was never taken from them. In Japan for instance, swastikas are so innocuous it’s the symbol for Buddhist temples on maps. In Taiwan they are occasionally used for hospitals.

Of course, I could argue that it’s even less of an issue because nazi swastikas aren’t even the same as the original, but that’s a different story.

It’s all about history and context.

Moggie
Moggie
3 years ago

After informing us that the Nazis “were socialists; hey Bernie Sanders, hi”

Just like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is democratic, as was the German Democratic Republic.

Pie
Pie
3 years ago

OT: Comey got fired, but because of the shitshow surrounding Hillary’s emails, not because of any investigations of russians. Interesting times, to be sure.

Francesca Torpedo, Femoid Special Forces Major
Francesca Torpedo, Femoid Special Forces Major
3 years ago

So, can we finally declare that the dividing line – if there was even one – between neofascists and MRAs has been removed wholly and that they have finally revealed themselves as yet another tedious set of white supremacists?

Pie
Pie
3 years ago

(oh, the comey thing was already on the other thread. serves me right for reading the new one first)

abars01
abars01
3 years ago

Yeah, nice try, Hardie – you’re gonna have to cobble something less lazy than this together if you want to rattle people’s cages, become a well-known alt-right figure, and generally have people pay attention to you again. At least Heartiste puts actual effort into his clickbait.

Latte Cat
Latte Cat
3 years ago

I’m half Japanese, but I wouldn’t recommend wearing a rising Sun T shirt in public! Obviously it’s not going to have as negative connotations as the Swastika, because it was and still is used for many things, but it’s still potentially going to offend a lot of people because of its use in the war. It should really only ever be shown in context.
That being said, I would just like to say both the Axis and Allies did absolutely horrible things, especially to women. We shouldn’t excuse one side just because they “won.” In war there are no winners.
Also, is Andrea even relevant any more? She’ll do anything for attention and acceptance by the internet’s misogynists. Not long ago it was shooting feminists in the face with a crossbow, then it was saying women shouldn’t have the vote, then sharing her spanking fantasies, and now it’s……Nazi T shirts? She stepped her game down a bit, I must say. Hang in there JudgyBitch, we believe in you…..

NickNameNick
NickNameNick
3 years ago

@Moggie:

It’s not surprising she’s so politically illiterate that she just assumes appropriating the term “socialism” means they must be socialists. Instead of, y’know, using it as a means to make their fascist ideology more palatable to people who may’ve been attracted by the ideas of actual socialism.

Corporatists and proponents of neo-liberal economics did that with “libertarianism” to the point it has become erroneously synonymous with them now, despite being a left-wing anarchic philosophy that has little in common with them.

I found this bit pretty blood-boiling:

she indignantly asks why it’s considered “not ok” for people to wear Nazi shirts, so much so that YouTube probably “won’t let me monetize this video because of this shirt.”

Oh, boo-fucking-hoo!

What is it with these people on YouTube who think anyone’s obligated to financially support them? I’ve noticed this from The1Janitor and Comicbookgirl19 too – both who made the absurd claim it was “censorship” (which it in no way, shape, or form it is). Then there’s PewDiePie acting as if losing his sponsorship deal over was everyone else’s fault but his own like an immature child.

I’m not fond of Patreon but, if you can’t monetize your videos or find sponsors, there’s always that site. Unless someone not choosing to contribute is also, somehow, an act of “censorship”…

Haise, the husky puppy
Haise, the husky puppy
3 years ago

I was gonna reply to the last post but this one came up!

and I can’t believe I had the stomach to go through some of Andrea’s videos after that posted one. Not all but some. And I seriously need to just.. sleep. She’s beyond the word disgusting as a proper adjective.

Pie
Pie
3 years ago

@Latte Cat

That being said, I would just like to say both the Axis and Allies did absolutely horrible things, especially to women. We shouldn’t excuse one side just because they “won.”

Could you clarify what sort of horrible things the allies were involved with, especially to women? I’m familiar with a few specific atrocities commited by axis powers, such as the rape of nanjing, but I wasn’t aware that there were equivalents on the allied side, too.

Steampunked
Steampunked
3 years ago

Bless, its like she’s competing in a high school debate, but without their sense of professionalism.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

Everyone, at the end of the day, is a stupid violent brute. Everyone. Violence is the only truth.

Speak for yourself, Andrea Hardie.

And might I add,

Live. Love. Laugh.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

I’ve never understood Andrea Hardie’s brand name, Judgy Bitch.

Yeah, I understand the “bitch” part — although I consider it to be a slur against some of the cutest, fluffiest, sweetest creatures on planet Earth.

But “judgy”? Is she actually judging others?

She hasn’t got a leg to stand on.

Steampunked
Steampunked
3 years ago

@Pie:

“Antony Beevor describes the Soviet rape of German women during the occupation of Germany as the “greatest phenomenon of mass rape in history”, and has estimated that at least 1.4 million women were raped in East Prussia, Pomerania, and Silesia alone. He asserts that Soviet women and girls liberated from slave labor in Germany were also violated.”

French troops were reported to have freely assaulted Italian women, and in France civilian men assaulted French women thought to have been collaborators.

American troops stationed in Britain had issues with assaulting local women, as did British troops in Italy.

Was it as bad as genocide? I don’t think so. Did it involves hundreds of thousands? Yes.

Shorter: Power imbalances get abused, and in wartime abuse is normalised.

DanHolme
DanHolme
3 years ago

Re swastikas, one of the oldest in the UK is to be found on Ilkley Moor – it’s probably Iron Age, and a few different theories have been put forward to explain it, including that it’s a boomerang!

Perhaps slightly OT, there’s a shirt I’ve seen people wearing in the UK that makes me quite uncomfortable – the company is called Boy London, and the design mimics the Eagle standard of the Nazis.

I’m not suggesting that anyone who wears one is a Nazi, in fact I suspect many people wouldn’t have a clue, but I find the ‘normalisation’ of Nazi imagery unsettling, and a worrying precedent.

EJ (Marxist Jazz Weasel)

The relative offensiveness of various symbols in various cultures is a weird thing. For example, this was a popular t-shirt in Thailand in 2012:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/03/02/article-2108828-12010F42000005DC-102_306x423.jpg

(Image: a t-shirt with a stylised cartoon picture of Adolf Hitler.)

Would it be acceptable in the west? Hell no. Is there some symbology which is acceptable in the west which Thai people would recoil from? Almost certainly.

Similarly, I’ve heard stories of Africans wearing t-shirts with the Confederate battle flag on it, because it looks “American” and “tough”, but I can’t find a picture.

Pie
Pie
3 years ago

@Steampunked

Was it as bad as genocide? I don’t think so. Did it involves hundreds of thousands? Yes.

Shorter: Power imbalances get abused, and in wartime abuse is normalised.

Thank you for that. I don’t know a whole lot about the actions of the soviet army towards the end of the war; I’ll see about fixing that.

EJ (Marxist Jazz Weasel)

@Pie:
The Red Army carried out mass rape, both as a weapon of intimidation and as a way to reward their troops. Although the true numbers were not recorded and will likely never be known, historians have estimated that the number of German women raped by Soviet soldiers was as high or higher than the number of German men killed by those Soviet soldiers.

There really were no “good guys” on the Eastern Front; and as Pavlov’s House has vividly reminded us, that was the front that mattered.

Edit: Ninja’d by Steampunked.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
3 years ago

Also, mass bombing of cities.

Given how modern warfare is done, I wish thoses had been seen as war crimes. It’s likely the war atrocity who have been scaled up the most since WWII.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

@ fujimoto

Swastika’s were found in many cultures across the world, often with varying designs, but it’s remarkable how many separate cultures came upon the same basic design to symbolize “the ultimate.”

Carl Sagan hypothesised that the Swastika was meant to symbolise a comet as seen head on. Hence its universality.

DanHolme
DanHolme
3 years ago

@EJ

What’s the context for that Thai t-shirt? I’m kind-of, sort-of okay-ish with caricatures and mockery of Hitler, in a Fougasse style. Or Hellboy punching some Nazi monkeys, that’s fine.

But the Boy one seems mockery-free, and just seems to be an attempt to rehabilitate fascist design. Which I appreciate was certainly striking (beautiful would be going too far); but making a fascist-style symbol desirable as a consumer object seems a slippery slope, to me.

Ashara Payne
Ashara Payne
3 years ago

I thought she believed in the MRAs obsessive idea that women should be typical suburban 50s housewives. Get back to cooking, cleaning, taking care of your husband and children Andrea and leave the internet alone FFS!

Lea
Lea
3 years ago

Violence is the only truth?

No, Ms Hardy. It may be all you understand, but that doesn’t make it “truth”.

No, we aren’t all brutes. You certainly are, but you’re a shitty, shitty person. Most people aren’t hilariously inept neo-Nazi wannabes.

She really isn’t good at anything she tries is she? She’s a horrible amateur philosopher. She’s a spectacularly bad writer. She’s a lousy provocateur. She says she’s a domestic, but I bet her pie crust is as bland and tough as her internet persona. Her split ends are probably flakier.

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