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Nipster is a slang term used in Germany to refer to young neo-Nazis who have embraced aspects of hipster culture. Historically, German neo-Nazis promoted an ultra-masculine and extreme right-wing image, preferring short hair, violent imagery and combat gear—in keeping with the white power skinhead or casual subcultures—while rejecting most modern pop culture. This has changed, with young "nipsters" embracing causes such as animal rights and environmentalism alongside historically far right positions, including anti-immigration views. Nipsters, rather than rejecting modern pop culture, seek instead to appropriate it to promote neo-Nazi ideals.[1] This has also been seen in the New Right and National Anarchism movements.

Rolling Stone magazine profiled Patrick Schroeder, one of the founders of the nipster movement, who said he desires to "give the German National Socialist movement a friendlier, hipper face". Schroeder says that neo-Nazis who can "live within the mainstream", such as nipsters, are "the future of the movement".[1] Social networking websites like Tumblr frequently host nipster content. A video showing a young neo-Nazi dancing to the Harlem Shake gained over 17,000 views on YouTube between 2013 and 2014.[1] There are also German neo-Nazi hip-hop and reggae bands such as MaKss Damage and Mr. Bond.

Usage of term outside Germany[edit]

United States[edit]

This meaning of the term nipster has since spread outside Germany; in the United States, it is occasionally used to refer to members of the alt-right.[2] Gavin McInnes, "the Godfather of the Hipster movement"[3], is connected to alt-right and alt-lite circles via his organization the Proud Boys.[4]

United Kingdom[edit]

British neo-Nazi terrorist organisation National Action was said to have been a "mixture of hipsters and skinheads" prior to being proscribed.[5] The National described the group as consisting of mostly middle-class, hipster fascists.[6]

Other uses of the term[edit]

In 2011, three students founded the German online magazine Nipster,[7] using the neologism to depict hipsters in the town of Nuremberg, not neo-Nazi hipsters. The online magazine has since folded.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c "Heil Hipster: The Young Neo-Nazis Trying to Put a Stylish Face on Hate".
  2. ^ "Big Nazi on Campus: How Racists Rallied at UC Berkeley with Police Protection".
  3. ^ Mawuse Ziegbe. ""Vice" Founder Gavin McInnes on Split From Glossy: "It's Like a Divorce"". NBC New York. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  4. ^ "The Proud Boys and the Litigious 'Alt-Lite'". Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  5. ^ "Student Rights - National Action claim "reign of terror" planned for campuses". Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  6. ^ "Disgust over neo-Nazis National Action's Aberdeen soup kitchen day trip". The National. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2018-11-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Von wegen Phänomen: Was es mit dem angeblichen Nazi-Hipster „Nipster" auf sich hat". 12 August 2014.

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