Bit behind the news here, but hasn't Bryan Ferry made a goose-step of himself. Shilling for Marks and Spencer, a department store founded by Russian Jews, Ferry said to a German newspaper that the Nazis were the business, style-wise. Or words to zat effect. "My God, the Nazis knew how to put themselves in the limelight... Leni Riefenstahl's movies, Albert Speer's buildings, the mass parades and the flags - just amazing. Really beautiful." Then there were the cool uniforms, sexy tanks and that elbow-roomy utopia just a short train ride away in Poland. Get. On. Board. Six million Jews can't be wrong.
Even if you thought it, would you say it? Would you embrace the extension of Ferry's logic that there's a market for the Nazis' amazing and really beautiful imagery? How about revisiting 1936 to give the Olympic Games opening ceremony a militaristic touch up. Our very own Commonwealth Games could have Leunig's duck high-stepping it around armoured trams at the MCG. And the AFL grand final pre-game entertainment, about as far from amazing and beautiful as you can imagine, has needed work since, well, since ever. The heavies down league headquarters could take a leaf out of Leni's playbook. Out with the balloons, crap pop music and dancing girls; in with the fireworks, Wagner, massed ranks of fit footballers and
Luftwaffe RAAF flypasts.