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Ahmad Dhani'€™s Nazi uniform controversy

The Jakarta Post
Jakarta   ●   Wed, June 25, 2014

Musician Ahmad Dhani has caused uproar by wearing a replica of the uniform worn by Nazi military commander Heinrich Himmel in a music video dedicated to presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and running mate Hatta Rajasa.

The music video features Dhani '€” alongside three other singers Husein, Virzha and Nowela '€” performing a cover of British band Queen's song "We Will Rock You". They the lyrics were changed to glorify Prabowo.

German online media Spiegel was enraged by Dhani'€™s choice to wear the uniform, which they said featured exact details including the badge on the lapel and red chest pocket lining.

Furthermore, Spiegel pointed out that Prabowo'€™s campaign was rich in military-themed symbolism and that comparisons could be drawn between the Gerindra Party and other nationalist movements, such as the Nazi Party.

Fellow musicians Anggun and Glen Fredly also criticized Dhani choice of costume. Glen tweeted, as quoted by kompas.com, that Dhani had successfully made a fool of himself and the whole country.

Commenting on this, Ahmad Dhani said he was just misunderstood.

'€œIf I wear the Star of David then everybody will call me a Zionist and when I wear a Nazi uniform then everybody will call me a fascist,'€ he said as quoted by kompas.com.(fss/dic)