Sweet valley hate

Mary-Hate and Ashley? White supremacist girl pop takes aim.

Published October 24, 2005 11:18PM (EDT)

In case you missed this story from Friday, Oct. 20, it's one of those pieces that really bear repeating.

ABC unearthed and interviewed 13-year-old twin white supremacist singing sensations Lamb and Lynx Gaede, whose musical act is called "Prussian Blue." According to ABC, they are about to release their second album and have made one music video.

ABC seemed really taken by the comparison of the Gaede ladies to the Olsen twins (Mary-Hate and Ashley?), but we were actually a lot more taken with the Gaedes themselves, who -- all those anxious to blame all our problems on the South, take note -- live in the true blue state of California. According to ABC, the twins are home-schooled, though that may be a recent development. According to their Web site, both Gaedes were on last year's Principal's List for their high grades; Lynx was nominated for "7th Grade Princess," and Lamb, somewhat horrifyingly, won a history award. Their father displays swastikas on his belt buckle and pickup truck, and as his cattle brand. Their mother, April, explained the swastika thing as "a symbol of freedom of speech." Fair enough.

Lynx told ABC, "We're proud of being white ... We just want to preserve our race." April was unapologetic about passing on her personal beliefs to her young daughters, telling ABC, "They need to have the background to understand why certain things are happening." I wonder if they need to have the background to understand why they were named after porn stars and why their parents have put pictures of them lounging around in tank tops in the grass on the Internet?

We were curious about who the hell was writing their music, especially "Sacrifice," about Nazi Rudolf Hess, describing him as a "man of peace who wouldn't give up."

Their Web site credits "Sacrifice" to Lamb, though many of their tunes are written by other people. The site also turns up some breathless excitement about the upcoming release of their single, "The Stranger," a "musical adaptation of a Rudyard Kipling poem" that is "causing quite a stir on the racialist" -- is that what they're calling it these days! -- "music scene and has the potential to cross over into the mainstream." Good luck with that.

The lyrics to all of Prussian Blue's songs are listed in full. Our personal favorite was "Weiss! Weiss! Weiss!" though probably it was our favorite because it was in German and we couldn't understand what it meant (though we get the idea). This sample of Prussian Blue's music includes the line "This song was not written to entertain," which is a good thing. Because it's really awful.

"Aryan Man Awake," penned by Lamb and Mama April, may be the scariest of the girls' songs, complaining as it does of a world "where freedom exists for only those with darker skin." According to ABC's story, the Gaede sisters raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims, which was distributed by a white supremacist organization that made sure that only freedom-disadvantaged white New Orleanians received aid.

I wonder if, when Lamb and Lynx are belting out "Aryan Man Awake," they ever really hear the lyric from the song's second verse, which asks, "Can you see how they lie to warp your daughter's mind?"

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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