Is there any other ethnicity that stirs this much controversy?
Sri Lanky wrote:Is there any other ethnicity that stirs this much controversy? This really doesn't surprise me that much. You could have a group of the most rational people in the world sitting together and you mention the word "Jew" and half of them will spout off insane crap. It invokes a strange kind of ego in some people and rational thought is thrown out the window or should I say in the furnace.
Sri Lanky wrote:Interesting that a school in Chiang Mai just held a Nazi parade in which one girl was designated as Hitler. It was in today's BKK Post. When I first saw the article I figured right away that they probably thought the uniforms are cool and that they aren't fully aware of the big picture which in the article it stated that they weren't. Still,what about the administration? I just so happen to be on my way to Chiang Mai in about an hour and if I had been in CM for the parade it may have been one of those things that make me uncomfortable. But,as usual we can chalk this up to ignorance. Every developing country goes through a proto-fascist phase,doesn't it?.....any country can become proto-fascist at anytime.....developing or not. But maybe that's an overstatement.....or not? As I mentioned,the article is in the Bangkok Post.
Israel wants Taiwan 7-Eleven to drop Hitler lookalike
The de facto Israeli embassy in Taiwan Tuesday called on 7-Eleven to remove products sporting a Hitler lookalike, but the convenience store chain said it had not yet decided if it would do so.
The appeal came after key rings and magnets, featuring an Adolf Hitler-style cartoon figure with what appeared to be a short black moustache, emerged at several 7-Eleven outlets across the island.
During an interview with local reporters Tuesday, Simona Halperin, the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, said she hoped to see the controversial items removed from the shelves.
President Chain Store Corp, which runs 7-Eleven in Taiwan, said it had not decided if it would remove the products, but denied the images were meant to represent the German dictator.
"It's not a moustache, but a nose," a company official said, referring to the black square in the middle of the figure's face. On Monday, she had described the black spot as a "tooth".
Mark Lee, a blogger who created the cartoon figure, told AFP late Monday that the creation was indeed inspired by Hitler, but said he had no intention of promoting Nazi ideology.
East Asian pop culture and commercial art has a long history of fascination with Hitler and the Nazis.
Occasionally, Hitler turns up in Asian advertisement campaigns, and in the 1990s a pub called "Nazi Bar" was briefly in operation in Taipei.
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