Saturday, June 2, 2012
A Bit Of Fun At Mr. Hitler's Expense
Thais can be a little tone deaf about the Third Reich. Last year a high school up north used the Nazis as the theme for their "Senior Week," with swastika flags everywhere and kids dressed up as cheerful SS officers. The school thought it was all in good fun, at first. Then they were mightily surprised when word got out and the shit hit the fan internationally.
So I came across this shirt display at the mall the other day and found these two Hitler themed shirts. To be fair, they're both more mocking than admiring of the old boy.
So what do you think? Bad taste? Is there even such a thing anymore?
At least they're disrespectful, that's something. I see Hitler books in the stores all the time. I can't read Thai well enough to figure out the point of view, but the covers look serious. I knew an autistic kid years ago (also up north, is it a thing up there?) who was fascinated with first-person-shooter video games and the Nazis. He was even studying German, he was way into it and a good student, he was autistic, not stupid. His only question when he found out that I could speak German was, "tell me about the Einsatzkommando."
Who are we kidding? There are lots of bars in America where one of these shirts could get you curb stomped for disrespecting the local hero.