How Jojo Rabbit’s Gay Nazis Denigrate Queer History

Not long after the Nazis took power, the German Institute of Sex Research was destroyed. The organization had pioneered studies into homosexuality and gender non-conformity decades before other Western countries, and used that knowledge to advocate for the legal rights of queer people. Its founder, Magnus Hirschfeld, invented the term “transsexual,” and the Institute was among the first places in the world to provide hormone treatment and trans-related surgeries to patients. In 1933, its archives were set ablaze after an attack by the German Student Union. The loss that this represented for queer (and especially trans) people worldwide was incalculable. And for queer Germans, the message was clear: the Nazis are coming for you. 

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ is Cute, Confused and Nothing Particularly Gutsy

Taika Waititi wears his heart on his sleeve. That’s evident from all four of his sad, quirky, New Zealand-based cinematic adventures, not including his plummet into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and absolutely including What We Do in the Shadows, a film that somehow manages to find the warmth and humanity in horny, blood-slurping vampires. He’s been called a master of “sad-happy cinema”; adept at finding the perfect balance between melancholy, humor, and real joy. His films such as Eagle vs. Shark, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy work to this concept with the utmost precision, playing for laughs during awkward, tear-jerking moments and treating darker subject material with a gentle, playful touch. Waititi wants people to understand that happiness and sadness aren’t opposites, but two emotions that can and should coexist. There is beauty in despair and humor in our strife. Light is ever-present even in the utmost darkness.

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A Look Into The Okays and Not-So-Okays of Comic Book Movie Formulations in “Thor: Ragnarok”

Rachel House as “Topaz” and Jeff Goldblum as “The Grandmaster” in Thor: Ragnarok. Photo by Jasin Boland. © Marvel Studios

No-one thinks that Thor movies are the best ones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration, but most people truly don’t. It is a quite widely known fact that among Marvel’s many branches of movies, TV shows and hundreds of characters, the 2011-built Asgardian universe of Thor movies is a middle tier for most of the viewers. Whether you look at them from an angle of criticism (with the former one having a 77% and the sequal having a 66% on Rotten Tomatoes, and both getting an 7 out of 10 in IMDb) or box office success, (The Dark World being tenth among Cinematic Universe with a growth of $644.6 and the original being the four-teenth with $449.3) the movies at best are mediocre stories that relied heavily on visual effects and at worst, nearly two hours long messes of unnecessary scale and so-called fun.

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