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"L'Amour Toujours" German Far-Right Controversy / Ausländer Raus

Updated Jun 03, 2024 at 04:31PM EDT by Zach.

Added Jun 03, 2024 at 01:28PM EDT by Owen.

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Overview

The "L'Amour Toujours" German Far-Right Controversy, also known as Ausländer Raus, refers to the ongoing use of the Italian dance song "L'Amour Toujours" by Gigi D'Agostino by xenophobic Germans on the political right who replaced the song's lyrics with "Ausländer raus," meaning "Foreigners out." The song's usage by right-wing groups in Germany started in late 2023 when a video surfaced of men singing "Ausländer raus" in a discotek in Dortmund. In May 2024, a viral video of men and women singing "Ausländer raus" at an outdoor bar in Sylt sparked discourse and backlash. The video included people seemingly emulating Adolf Hitler by putting two fingers on their upper lip (to resemble Hitler's mustache) and Nazi saluting with their right hands.

Background

On November 5th, 2023, Twitter / X[1] user @ZeronnyLS posted a video, allegedly taken at a discotek in Dortmund, showing club-goers singing, "Ausländer raus," over "L'Amour Toujours" by Gigi D'Agostino. The video received roughly 1.8 million views and 3,500 likes in seven months (shown below).


On April 28th, 2024, X[2] user @malegruen posted a new video of Germans chanting "Ausländer raus" to the song "L'Amour Toujours" by Gigi D'Agostino, receiving over 148,000 views and 250 likes in two months (shown below).


Sylt Viral Video

On May 23rd, 2024, X[3] user @Markus_17x tweeted a video that was originally posted by X[4] user @OskarBreitfeld who deleted his post. The video showed patrons at a bar in Sylt singing "Ausländer raus" along with "L'Amour Toujours," receiving over 119,500 views and 910 likes in 11 days (shown below).


The video gained viral reposts and quotes, like one shared by X[5] user @norazabel on May 23rd, receiving over 1.6 million views and 1,200 likes in 11 days.

Online Reactions

German news outlets started to report on the phenomenon in late May 2024, like Spiegel,[6][7] which even reached out to Italian DJ Gigi D'Agostino for comment who said, "My song is about a wonderful feeling that connects people," to counter its memetic usage.

In late May 2024, some internet users praised the "Ausländer raus" meme and spread iterations of the song, such as X[8] user @Black_Pilled who shared a hardstyle remix of the song on May 30th, receiving over 9,800 likes in four days (shown below).


"L'Amour Toujours" Banned From 2024 Oktoberfest

On May 27th, 2024, a report went viral on X[9] that "L'Amour Toujours" was banned for the 2024 Oktoberfest, receiving over 1 million views and 11,000 likes in a week (shown below).


Disclose.tv @disclosetv Subscribe NEW - Song "L'Amour toujours" by Gigi D'Agostino is banned from the upcoming Oktoberfest in Bavaria because some Germans could sing "Germany for the Germans, foreigners out" to it. Wiesn boss speaks out on music No "L'Amour toujours" at the Oktoberfest 7:56 AM ⚫ May 27, 2024 1M Views

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