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| A lunatic Chaplin imitator|
and his greatest fans
|First as tragedy|
|Then as farce|
“”Q: Are you a racist?
|—What a nice person|
Varg Vikernes (born 1973 as Kristian Vikernes) is a black metal musician, neopagan, arsonist, murderer, neo-Nazi, racialist, conspiracy theorist, anti-vaxxer, prepper, and general crank. Vikernes has all the appearances of "doing a Bobby Fischer" as his crank-level seems to be increasing exponentially as he ages (he already has the beard!)
Vikernes is the solo member of the band Burzum, one of the more important bands of the early Norwegian black metal scene. Vikernes later gained more mainstream "fame" by burning a bunch of medieval wooden churches and murdering fellow black metal musician and collaborator Øystein Aarseth (aka. 'Euronymous') of Mayhem. Vikernes spent 15 years in prison, and was released in 2009. These "extra-curricular activities", along with his generally odious personal views, have made Vikernes a highly controversial figure in the metal community. One could restate Godwin's law as "As an online discussion on black metal grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Burzum or Varg approaches one." It should be pointed out that Vikernes' music does not contain neo-Nazi lyrics or imagery. Many metalheads praise Vikernes for his musical ability, while disliking his personal ideology.
Vikernes has expressed some pretty erroneous views regarding evolution, aside from his usual racialist spew. Most notably, his claim that white Europeans are descended from Neanderthals and are therefore (somehow) biologically more intelligent. In a video on his YouTube channel "ThuleanPerspective", Varg has apparently decided that depictions of what actual Neanderthals might have actually looked like were "painted by priests in the 19th century who were bent on showing the European culture as primitive and subhuman". He then goes on to show pictures of Vikings and ancient Norsemen, and assures us that these are what Neanderthals actually were.
Vikernes is also an anti-vaxxer, not just because of the mercury myth, but also because "[vaccines] make morally bankrupt Jews in the medical industry (even more) filthy rich and powerful". Along with politics, Vikernes appears to view most aspects of modern European culture through his belief in an international Jewish conspiracy, and takes The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion as an authentic document, not realizing it's been exposed as a hoax decades ago. As one would naturally expect at this point, Vikernes doesn't "trust the official story" when it comes to the Holocaust, stopping just a hair's breadth from full-blown holocaust denial.
Vikernes is also something of a prepper, stating that you should immediately "stockpile fuel, guns, ammo, canned food et cetera, and withdraw all your money from the bank.". He now lives in the picturesque center of France, probably because these low-density rural areas make it easy to acquire a big farm with some land and accumulate said resources. In July 2013, the French police raided his farm after his wife legally bought 4 hunting carbines. Minister Manuel Valls claimed the intelligence services were worried he might go on a terrorist murder spree since Vikernes was one of the 530 persons who received Anders Breivik's manifesto. The only charge that could be held against him in the end was "incitement of racial hate" which got him 6 months of probation and a minor fine.
In 2013 Vikernes released the first edition of his attempt at an old-school fantasy role-playing game, Myfarog: Mythic Fantasy Role-playing Game, based on pre-medieval, pre-Christian European myths and history, allowing you the opportunity to "play a game in accordance with your own European nature". A second edition of the game was released some time later. Whether the actual game design is successful or not is up for debate, but he has been accused of writing some of the lore based on his racist ideologies. Varg himself has attempted to defend himself from these accusations.
“”Some Europeans are a bit "polluted genetically", so to speak, and have brown eyes for instance, that is something that can be solved by a few generations of race hygiene.
|—Brown eyes are eeeeevilll1!11!!|
|—Because, you know, gays are evil but lesbians are hot!|
“”The horribly poor sanitary culture that came to Europe with Christianity is however not the only filth this Asian regurgitation brought to us. The mental hygiene and race hygiene practiced by the ancient Europeans also was disrupted by the introduction of Christianity.
|—dude … wtf?|
“”Killing a person with a 8 cm long blunt knife is a bloody affair…
|—how could it not be?|