Maybe there is hope after all, or: A most unexpected change of heart

Since I was still recovering from TAM9 last night and crashed on the couch at around 9 PM, I didn’t have time for one of my usual logorrheic posts. I did, however, have time to take note of an update on a story I started covering six years ago. One of the greatest things about having a long running blog (six and a half years) is that sometimes, after not having heard anything for a long time, I’ll be surprised by new information on a story I commented on years ago and can update my readers. So it is with this rather bizarre story about two teenaged girls who formed the group Prussian Blue back in 2005 or so.

Remember Prussian Blue? It was a singing duo consisting of the (then) 13-year-old blonde-haired, blue-eyed, all “Aryan” Mary-Kate and Ashley of the white supremacist set named Lynx and Lamb Gaede. Together, Prussian Blue became very popular among the white supremacist set, appearing at all manner of racist gatherings to sing songs praising Rudolf Hess, were known for playing a video game called “Ethnic Cleansing,” and writing songs like “Aryan Man Awake,” with lyrics like:

When the man who plows the fields is driven from his lands.
When the carpenter must give away what he’s built with his own hands.
When a mother’s only children belong to her no more.
And black masked men with guns come bashing down the doors.
Where freedom exists for only those with darker skin.
Where lies and propaganda will never let you win.
Where symbols of your heritage are held with such contempt
And benefits of country ‘cept tax are you exempt.

Aryan man awake
How much more will you take?
Turn that fear to hate
Aryan man awake.

They also had a penchant for appearing with clothes like this:

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Nice. They also have a little sister whose name is Dresden.


Also don’t forget what Prussian Blue is. Basically, Prussian Blue is an issue that Holocaust deniers like to use for pseudoscientific hand waving when they claim that the gas chambers at Auschwitz and other camps could not have been used as execution chambers. It begins with the observation that, when bricks (such as gas chamber walls) are exposed to cyanide (such as what constituted the Zyklon-B used to kill Jews in gas chambers), a reaction between iron and cyanide can take place that can leave a blue residue. Holocaust deniers will point out that Prussian blue has often been found on the bricks in the remains of fumigating chambers but not on the remains of the gas chambers, a contention at the heart of Fred Leuchter’s pseudoscientific and incompetent attempt to “prove” that Auschwitz gas chambers couldn’t have been used for homicidal mass gassings of Jews. Why I’ve explained in detail before why the Prussian Blue argument is a fallacy; so I won’t repeat the argument here. The point is that the name of Lynx and Lamb’s duo was based on Holocaust denial.

When I first discovered the disgusting phenomenon that was Prussian Blue, I expressed this hope:

All one can hope is that, as they get further into their teen years, they rebel a bit against their parents (as so many teenagers do) and renounce this sort of disgusting racist spew.

Apparently, at age 19 they’ve finally done just that (mostly):

Lamb and Lynx Gaede, the dimpled tween rockers whose Nazi-themed pop band, Prussian Blue, sparked an exuberant media firestorm several years back have grown up — and had a change of heart.

“I’m not a white nationalist anymore,” Lamb told The Daily in an exclusive interview, the twins’ first in five years. “My sister and I are pretty liberal now.”

“Personally, I love diversity,” Lynx seconded. “I’m stoked that we have so many different cultures. I think it’s amazing and it makes me proud of humanity every day that we have so many different places and people.”

Not surprisingly, back then, Lamb and Lynx were kept from seeing and hearing alternative viewpoints. Their mother April, who is a dedicated white separatist, neo-Nazi, and racist taught them the beliefs they sang about:

Now, the Gaede twins say they have changed their views and attribute their earlier political pronouncements to youthful naivete. “My sister and I were home-schooled,” Lynx pointed out. “We were these country bumpkins. We spent most of our days up on the hill playing with our goats.”

Lamb agreed. “I was just spouting a lot of knowledge that I had no idea what I was saying,” she said.

Actually, I had noticed that Prussian Blue had seemingly dropped off the face of the earth around 2008. I had placed the feed for one of the Prussian Blue fan blogs in my news reader, along with other Holocaust denial blogs that I used to monitor, and the last time I saw anything about Lamb and Lynx doing anything associated with the white separatist movement was back in 2007. The two posts after that involved Lamb and Lynx going to their homecoming dance and going snowboarding. It turns out that around 2006, Prussian Blue, in a hilariously inappropriate move which they attributed to teen rebellion, started performing Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” in their set. Bob Dylan was raised Jewish, and their including any of his songs in their set wasn’t exactly…appreciated.

One of the strangest aspects of this story is the relationship between Lamb and Lynx and their mother April. April is still a dedicated white separatist, so much so that she’s promoting the building of an “intentional” white community in Montana, called Pioneer Little Europe. Yet the daughters still appear to be pretty close with their mother. I suspect that part of the reason that there hasn’t been a complete break between twins and mother is because April still hopes that this is just a “phase” that Lamb and Lynx are going through and that they’ll come back to the movement. It’s also apparent that Lamb and Lynx are not unscarred by their time as Prussian Blue. For one thing, they still harbor views that reek of Holocaust denial:

Meanwhile, they’ll keep growing up. Impressive as their transformation has been, for instance, their views on World War II still bear traces of the Holocaust denial ideology they were taught as children. For instance, asked whether the Holocaust happened, Lynx replied, “I think certain things happened. I think a lot of the stories got misconstrued. I mean, yeah, Hitler wasn’t the best, but Stalin wasn’t, Churchill wasn’t. I disagree with everybody at that time.”

Which is, of course, a combination of Holocaust denial gambits that I like to call “the Holocaust wasn’t so bad” and “even if the Holocaust happened, Stalin and Churchill were just as bad as Hitler” combined with “shit happens during war.” Maybe April knows her daughters better than they think she does and has reason to hold out hope that her daughters will return to her racist fold.

At the risk of re-activating our mighty morphin’ (as in sockpuppet morphin’) cannabis troll, I also can’t end before noting that the Gaede twins appear to have substituted one obsession for another. Both apparently have developed multiple chronic health problems, and both have come to the same conclusion regarding the solution to their health problems:

Approximately a year ago, Lamb and Lynx stumbled on a new treatment that they say has done wonders for many of these ailments.

“I have to say, marijuana saved my life,” Lynx told me. “I would probably be dead if I didn’t have it.” She discovered pot while recovering from her cancer treatments. She’d been prescribed morphine and OxyContin, which she quit cold turkey. One day when she was having a bout of nausea, a friend offered her a toke. She was reluctant at first. The girls’ biological father had been “a druggie” when they were young, Lynx said.

But the drug worked wonders, and soon Lynx became one of the first five minors to get a medical marijuana card in Montana. Now Lamb has one, too.

Pot has also helped the twins rekindle the creative impulses they once channeled into their music. They’ve both taken up painting — astrological themes, mostly — and Lynx restores furniture. They hope to enroll in college, and intend to dedicate themselves to making medical marijuana legal in all 50 states.

Now, it’s not clear what sort of cancer Lynx had. All the story says is that she had a “large tumor” removed from her shoulder, which could be anything from a sarcoma to a benign tumor. Whether these anecdotes indicate that pot has done anything for either of them other than get them high or not, it’s not possible to say (although their story does remind me that I’ve been meaning to do a post or two on medical marijuana, which to me is in essence a new, hip form of herbalism). It’s also clear that critical thinking isn’t exactly part of Lynx and Lamb’s repertoire even now. Very likely, their rejection of their white separatist beliefs was far more likely to have been sparked by their rebellion against their parents and their situation when they were 14 than by any thoughtful process that led them to reject racism, anti-Semitism, and neo-Nazi beliefs. Clearly, they appear prone to other non-reality-based belief systems, such as astrology.

Still, they are only 19, and 19 is quite young. There is time for them to continue to mature and, one hopes, ultimately to complete the rejection of their previous racist beliefs.