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Old 03-27-2012, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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A new Turkish shampoo commercial featuring video of Adolf Hitler declaring the hair rinse a product for "real men" has been met with formal complaints from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and others who say it is deeply offensive.
"We follow with sadness and regret the use of Hitler figure in the Biomen Men Shampoo advertisement, which was brought to the screen in recent days," the Turkish Jewish Community said in a statement.

Shampoo ad using Hitler
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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People are ambivalent to the use of Nazi imagery: stuff like this is repulsive, but then again lots of people have laughed at the Hitler "Downfall" spoofs on YouTube (not unlike the concept of this Turkish video). People need to just agree not to use Nazis in commercials, as costumes, or as themes for bars or restaurants. The meaning of that imagery can be complicated, depending on the country and its history, but it's safe to say that the debate on the appropriateness of Nazi imagery shouldn't be left to stupid advertisements and the uneducated (wo)men in marketing who make them.

Stuff like this pops up in Korea once in a while, like in a commercial for cosmetics:
New Coreana Nazi video pretty much the same as the old Coreana Nazi video.
or a shoe called the "Hitler Walker":
The Hitler Walker.
or as a costume at a cosplay event:
CosPlay_7002 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnparkerphoto/3602714770/ - broken link)

In Chinese weddings:
Nazi uniforms - new trend in Chinese wedding photography?!? | Everything about China | LLC Forum | LoveLoveChina

On Japanese TV:
Japanese TV Show: Become a Good Speaker by Imitating Hitler | Foreign Policy Blogs

In Taiwan, too:
Vampire Hitler banned from Taiwanese 7-Elevens

And pretty much everywhere else. Disappointing that people can be so thoughtless . . . but 75% of people in this world are thoughtless, so not terribly surprising. Just a matter of time before another ad or product somewhere, somehow brings up Hitler.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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has been met with formal complaints from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) r[/url]

And they say it "defames" whom, exactly?
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Controversy = free, efficient advertising
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Given enough time, all of humanities greatest foes are nothing but a short paragraph in the history books.
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