posted on Apr, 17 2019 @ 02:02 PM
Reminds me a bit of controversies about the Sylvia Plath poem "Daddy" (published in 1962, just before her suicide).
Some readers saw it as fair response to the Holocaust, while others thought it was politically correct, but it also cheapened the issue and (mis)used
the Holocaust as a kind of stage prop.
I suppose early debates about the meaning of "appropriation".
I mean nobody can doubt that Rammstein here are siding with the inmates of Nazi concentration camps - the argument was more that they are cheapening
it by putting it in a "pop song".
But then where does one draw the line?
No more songs about anything historical then?
No more Queen - "White Man"; or Iron Maiden - "Run to the Hills"?
But appropriation is difficult to prove here, because the family history of each band-member is not known, and as a German band Rammstein also have
connections to the Holocaust (even as the descendants of possible perpetrators).
So it's a catch 22 for artists - we should never forget (lest it be denied or repeated); but if you put it in the wrong medium it may also be seen as