No context…

Adolf Hitler SupermodelMy friends over at Bell Mobility were embarrassed last week when it was revealed that one of their transit ads for their Solo Mobile product featured a young girl dressed in fashionable punk wearing a button that read “Belson was a gas”.

I would imagine that the offensive ad was likely put together by a young art director whose only historical context for it was that it was the title of a song by that ever popular combo, The Sex Pistols. Unfortunately, many people today do not remember that Bergen-Belsen was a notorious Nazi death camp , where 50,000 innocent people – most of them Jewish – were gassed out of existence.

To Bell Mobility and their ad agency I am willing to extend the benefit of the doubt. I am certain that they did not intentionally mean to run such a tasteless ad. It was a mistake born from ignorance.

It would not be the first time that Nazi symbols and icons have been used as a fashion statement. Hell’s Angels wore Nazi iron crosses and steel helmets in the 1960s and punks, of course, adapted the swastika as fashion in the 1970’s.

Coincidently in the same week Australian broadcaster FOXTEL, under their History Channel subsidiary, aired a documentary about Adolf Hitler written and produced by notorious Holocaust denier David Irving, who ironically is banned from even entering Australia.

The documentary entitled “Hitler’s War” apparently got by the programmers at the History Channel and onto the air. FOXTEL head Kim Williams is dismayed and explained that, “…it slipped through our normal editorial process.”

Now, I can understand a twenty something ad agency art wonk, raised on fast food, reality television, boy bands and Will Ferrell movies making a mistake, but the History Channel?

Don’t they have a sense of, well, history?

Or are the Nazis suddenly back in vogue?

This just in….

Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area on Saturday. I have seen too many 1950’s science fiction movies and I am scared, plus I have a bad case of the sniffles… get the scope here Mystery illness strikes after meteorite hits Peruvian village

One Response to “No context…”

  1. wesley says:

    thank you but darned if I rememberfliquor carts.
    we also were expected to always tell proven facts not
    not fiction in our copy – 40’s, 50’s etcetera.
    I have a hunch we use effects and weird configurations
    because they are now available in switchers, to be used
    as accents or condiments, not the staple body of data.
    How ya doing, Peter! Sorry – I don’t turn on TV anymore –
    Too much in the switchers not enough hard copy.

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