Editor’s Note: This is not a good sign. Whether intentional or not, the appearance of Nazi-like imagery is disturbing and not a reassuring sign of the times in Indonesia.
As the candidate who it was made for, Prabowo Subianto, once said, “Do I have the guts, am I ready to be called a fascist dictator?”
A music video made by several singers as a tribute to Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is causing outrage with its strong Nazi overtones.
In the video, an adaptation of the Queen classic “We Will Rock You,” musician Ahmad Dhani sports a fascist-style uniform and holds a golden Garuda — a mythical bird that is Indonesia’s emblem but which, against the black of his paramilitary attire, looks uncomfortably like the German imperial eagle that the Nazis incorporated into their iconography.
Bali-based filmmaker Daniel Ziv described the video as bringing “Nazi skinhead imagery to Indonesian politics.”
That turns out to be an apt description. German news magazineDer Spiegel pointed out that Dhani’s military costume is eerily similar to the uniform worn by SS commander Heinrich Himmler. “Dhani wears the same emblem on the lapel and the same red breast-pocket lining,” it said Tuesday, comparing the photos of the two in a photo gallery.
Brian May, Queen’s lead guitarist, has waded into the controversy, saying “of course this is completely unauthorised by us.”