NYT: Far-Right Metal Band Ortel Wins Czech Grammy

Every day there is another example of how Based the Eastern European countries are, places where the virus of Political Correctness has not taken hold. From a NYT piece that includes discussion of the metal band Ortel:

PRAGUE — When the Czech Republic celebrated its equivalent of the annual Grammy Awards, the winner of the top award for a male singer was all too predictable: the crooner Karel Gott, for the 42nd time.

More so than any of his contemporaries, this 78-year-old performer known as the “Golden Voice of Prague,” who first took the prize in 1964, has outlived epochs and transcended politics. Today, Mr. Gott garners appreciation from all generations while also serving as a source of nostalgia for those who lived under communism in Czechoslovakia, where he made his name.

It is a feat all the more impressive as widespread nationalism and a lurch to the right are finding a voice not only in the republic’s politics but also in its music. Indeed, Mr. Gott had to share the spotlight of the 52nd Czech Nightingale awards in late November with a band that has risen to local fame for its nativist and often violent anti-Muslim lyrics. The far-right heavy metal band Ortel won second place in the best band category, and while its style could hardly be less like Mr. Gott’s, both have shown a strong appeal to a population struggling to define and assert its national identity.

In national elections in October, an extreme-right party, Freedom & Direct Democracy, won more than 10 percent of the vote.

“There is definitely an undercurrent of a national identity crisis,” said Pavel Turek, a music journalist with the Czech magazine Respekt.

You think?

The NYT goes on to bemoan:

… the highly controversial music of Ortel, which is known for disparaging Muslims in a country where xenophobic ideals are taking root in politics.

During a concert by the band in the industrial outskirts of the southern city of Ceske Budejovice on Saturday, leather-clad fans pumped their fists and sang along with one of the band’s most contentious songs, “Mosque,” which disparages Muslims with lyrics such as “They will cut off your head, for Allah’s greater glory.” There were around 200 people in attendance, including small children.

Speaking to The New York Times after the concert, the band’s lead singer, Tomas Ortel, said the group had the right message at the right time.

“I think people like our music because they see what is happening in the world and are tired of how the media falsely reports terrorist incidents in Europe,” Mr. Ortel said. He added that the band’s music “represents how they feel things really are.”

“I like that they are not afraid to say what they think,” Jan Vacha, a 46-year-old local mechanic, said before the concert. He said Muslims in the Czech Republic were “a problem and should not be here. I would like to help them in their countries, but not here.”

A storm is coming.

I’m betting the lyrics of this song are very pro-Czech and/or pro-Christian (which in Eastern European politics is code words for being pro-white.)


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