Queer Displacement and “The Doom Generation”

The words fly haphazardly across the screen while Trent Reznor screams over heady beats that God is dead: “A HETEROSEXUAL FILM BY GREGG ARAKI.” And on. A young woman is standing at the centre of a dystopian nightmare. Fire burns in drums around her and people shudder and jolt aggressively as they dance, but she is unfazed. She attempts to light the cigarette dangling tentatively from her lips, but her lighter fails her. Annoyed, she speaks the opening line of the film; the line that’ll introduce the audience to both the character and the world and set the mood for…