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Why Did the Film in Berlin’s Homo-Monument Show a Danish Nationalist Homophobe?

The German LGBT magazine Siegessaülle reports that a Danish tourist who recently visited the Memorial to Homosexuals persecuted under Nazism in Berlin recognized the gay Danish designer Jim Lyngvild in the video shown in its concrete installation.

According to Siegessaülle, Lyngvild is best known in Denmark for his racist, sexist and homophobic remarks. When he was criticized for his positions on gays, Lyngvild replied, “I do not like when they [homosexuals] say, ‘Look at me, I’m gay, you have to respect me.'” He is the blond man in the memorial video.

When the film was originally produced a decade ago, says Siegessaülle, Lyngvild had not yet made nationalist and discriminatory statements in public. The video showing a gay couple kissing on loop was produced by a Danish company and casting agency and conceived by the artistic duo Elmgreen & Dragset.

Watch the video by clicking on the image below:

Since the report, Siegessaülle’s investigation showed that the man on the left in the video was indeed Jim Lyngvild. The artist Ingar Dragset confided to be shocked by this revelation.

It was normally expected that the film appearing in the concrete cube would be renewed every two years. But so far it has happened only once since 2008, and the monument returned to the original film because the new video was considered unsatisfactory. Now the film has been temporarily changed to a video of male and female same-sex couples kissing; an alternate replacement will be decided upon sometime in the future.