Tag Archives: Vice

True Norwegian Black Metal

17 Jul


When Ben Anderson (Vice filmmaker – This is What Winning Looks Like) did his AMA a month or two ago, one piece of advice he gave me when I asked what he had to say to people looking into international journalism was to highlight interesting characters. This documentary is a prime example of Vice documentary makers’ (documentarians? is there a word for that?) ability to do just that. Plus, I don’t think you can get any more Vice than the b-roll of the serene shots of rural Norway with the metal music in the background, or the concluding shot. Stuff like this is what really makes me want to make documentaries. I’ve always assumed over the top black metal was cheesy and uninspired, and I’m pretty sure concerts smell bad enough without sheep carcasses onstage, but this definitely held my interest.

Also, if you’re familiar with Greg Graffin’s Anarchy Evolution, it may occur to you that a lot of what Gaahl says about god and nature parallels things that Graffin has to say. Who knew that Bad Religion had so much in common with a Norwegian black metal band?


Click, Print, Gun: The Inside Story of the 3D Printed Gun Movement

13 Jul


Unsurprisingly, this topic came to mind because of a video featured on Vice.

The notion that people will be printing out cups and plates and furniture within the next decade made me snort. Come on, can we please reform policies on weapons that work instead of trying to make our own?

White Supremacy is All Kinds of Stupid

23 Jun

I’m making it my goal this summer to learn as much as possible without leaving my bed. This, of course, means that by the time I move back on campus, I’ll ideally have watched every second of video that Vice has to offer.

A couple of weeks ago, I watched their White Student Union and Triple Hate documentaries back to back. You can recreate my idea of a fun Friday night here:



Or you can just take my word for it. I don’t think it’s any secret that racists tend to be quite stupid. Then again, I’m currently re-watching a documentary on the KKK in a crowded Starbucks, so that may not be a smart  move either. At least I’m facing the window. Let me just make a quick disclaimer that although I have quite the background in social politics, being a white suburbanite, I have little authority on the heavier racial matters.


The Towson University White Student Union may have a better PR campaign than the KKK (Matthew Heimbach admits that you won’t get anywhere in America waving a swastika banner – I guess the racist connotations of a confederate flag are slightly more digestible in his book) but there are some striking similarities between a seemingly innocuous group of self-righteous college students, and the goddamn Ku Klux Klan that can’t be ignored.

  • Heimbach claims that he’s looking to “celebrate European heritage” on the organization’s blogspot. The KKK claims that they want to stay amongst their own people.
  • The total disregard for racial politics, and total disregard for black opinions of both organizations is apparent. As a white girl, I tend to take black people’s word for what’s racist and what isn’t because, you know, I don’t face racism and they do. Common sense, y’all.
  • White supremacists tend to think that black organizations are out to get them. Once again, total disregard for structural inequality and oppression patterns. My social justice-rooted political background is showing, and it’s angry.
  • The backlash against them is more or less the same.
  • The WSU’s search for “black predators” sounds awfully similar to the KKK’s talk of the “black political machine.” Both of these sound like metal bands.
  • Heimbach’s “THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN” sticker on his laptop. Side note: identitarianism, are you joking me?
  • The loud guy in the red KKK robe says stuff about the “white people fightin’ fer ya!” and the WSU kids seem to think they’re doing the same thing. You know, by fighting black crime. At a mostly white university. Right.
  • Then again, at least the KKK knows they’re racist. Heimbach called the Black Student Union members his “brothers” at one point. I snorted.
  • Side note, that girl Addy is quite attractive. Shame she’s a white supremacist.
  • I snorted again when Heimbach asked the black dude why there wasn’t an NAACP for white people. His response was flawless. I won’t spoil it for you. The KKK also seems to think they’re a counter to the NAACP.

I’m sure there’s more, and if you’re willing to start a rousing discussion on the pitfalls of white supremacy with me, leave some in the comments. I really don’t have much else going on.


Ben Anderson AMA

17 May

Ben Anderson AMA

Vice filmmaker Ben Anderson did a Reddit AMA today; he answered my question about international reporting (I’m u/jimmyrustlerette), and I got a bunch of other fantastic replies. Raking in the karma!