Thursday, June 11, 2009

No Safe Words

Not really sure what to make of this short vid, though I dig the imagery!

Apparently, producer Noam Gonick contends that Pride is becoming a “military parade that glorifies fascist imagery of cops, conformity and corporatization.” Gonick originally produced his film to address human rights issues. His subjects in the film were the football players from the UBC Thunderbirds.

Gonick asked the Thunderbirds to imitate waterboarding techniques on each other, with players’ faces covered in rainbow-colored underwear. They also performed hazing rituals.

“I didn’t even have to direct them,” the filmmaker says. “It took off on its own.”

Gonick and animator Dennis Tam edited the football player footage with graphic text ‘scorecards’ recalling military dictators like Adolf Hitler and Augusto Pinochet. He also gave his film a name: No Safe Words. In SM culture, a safe word is what a slave says to a master to force them to stop. “In human rights abuses,” says Gonick, “there are no safe words.”

LOL... Okay... Take a look and tell me if that is the message YOU received! :)

26 comments:

Mark in DE said...

Um, no. That is NOT the message I got from the video. Maybe I don't think "high concept" enough?

Anonymous said...

Gonick's point is to show how fascism and torture techniques overlap with 'the sexual' in a base level of the word sexual (Freud helps here) but also BDSM techniques.
These hazing practices, practices engaged in by the military, police, etc are inherently 'sexual' or engaged in the logic of disavowing sex as such. For instance, the military publicly disavows homosexuality, yet many of the practices within the military (hazing, waterboarding, forced anal sex), practices which sustain the smooth-running of the military, are ridden with homosocial bonding and homosexuality. In fact, homosexuality is used to mark the detainee in a humiliating and degrading fashion.

The point of the video is to show how these seemingly opposite worlds (BDSM signifying freedom and perversion and military signifying ultimate order, authority, and constraint), the state police or military apparatus' and sexual subcultures are two sides of the same coin, but operate in a different way IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE.

Anonymous said...

...to clarify...

I did not mean by this 'overlap' that BDSM is inherently fascist - it is simply more complicated than that.

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