September 24, 2000
I just saw a television show called ETC ('Entertainment That Counts') about violence in the media. They decided to air a little section about a band called "Ram-steen." I have no idea who they are, but when they were talking about them they played a clip from Rammstein's "Du hast" and showed the incorrect English translation of "You hate me" and tried to associate "Ram-steen" with the killers in Columbine. Then they showed Rammstein's press release regarding their feelings on the killings and, to me, seemed to mock it. I was very offended by this and sent them a e-mail about it. If anyone is so inclined, feel free to do the same. In case you were wondering, here is what I sent:
I was extremely offended by your show on violence in the media. This show was seemingly intended to inform others of violence in movies, games, and music. Perhaps you should get your facts straight before judging. If you were really here to help you would do everything in your power to prevent misinformation. Sadly, this was not the case. You claimed that Rammstein's song "Du hast" was about hate and death. It is FAR from this. Here is a correct translation of that song:
YOU HAVE ME
YOU HAVE ASKED ME
YOU HAVE ASKED ME AND I HAVE SAID NOTHING
DO YOU WANT TO NOT DIVORCE UNTIL DEATH
AND BE FAITHFUL TO HER FOR ALL DAYS
DO YOU WANT TO, UNTIL HER DEATH,
LOVE HER, IN BAD DAYS AS WELL
Now, does this sound like a hate filled song? "Du hast" is about, more or less, some one having second thoughts about marriage. Nothing like you made it out to be. I would like you to issue a public apology regarding your groundless defamation of the German rock band Rammstein. It is people like you that give them a bad name for nothing. Do you really think that the killers at Columbine liked only these few bands? Why don't you go through all of their other CDs? Everyone gravitated to the two German bands that they listened to, Rammstein and KMFDM, just because of American ignorance and stupidity assuming all Germans are hate filled Nazis.
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