Hitler has been dead for more than 60 years but his image still causes consternation.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a Hitler lover, I think he’s a bastard and a mass murderer and recently when some idiots from Thailand used his picture to advertise – on a billboard – a wax museum it is understandable that both the Israeli and the German ambassador went hopping mad.
German Ambassador Hanns Schumacher was reported saying to officials in Pattaya, “this kind of utterly tasteless advertisement would hurt the feelings of many people” and asked that the billboard be taken down.
Israeli Ambassador Itzhak Shoham was quoted saying “It is totally unacceptable to have such a monster like Adolf Hitler on public display. How this could happen is beyond my understanding and comprehension.”
“The idea came from a creative agency, and we did not mean to cause any offence,” said Somporn Naksuetrong, the manager of the Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in the seaside resort town of Pattaya.
Though the use of Nazi imagery does not stir the same emotional reaction in Asia as in the west, my stand is that Hitler’s image should not be used at all.
Asia has had previous instances where icons of the genocidal German regime have been used for advertising and entertainment.
Other than those funny YouTube Hitler clips, most times the reactions have been negative.
But there is also no need for non-Asians to overreact.
After all Buddhists don’t complain when Buddha images are being used in a mocking manner by “farangs.”