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Turkish Hitler shampoo ad outrage

2012-03-25 20:21

Ankara - A Turkish shampoo commercial featuring Adolf Hitler has drawn outrage from Jewish groups worldwide and calls for it to be withdrawn immediately.

"It's totally unacceptable to make use of Hitler, the most striking example of cruelty and savagery..." said the Turkish Jewish Community in a statement, blasting the 12-second ad that has been aired since last week.

The commercial for Biomen, a men's shampoo, shows a gesticulating Hitler deliver an enthusiastic speech, urging male customers to buy the product that is "a 100% male shampoo".

"If you are not wearing a woman's dress, you should not use her shampoo either," he says.

Jewish organisations in Turkey have asked the advertising agency to pull the commercial.

On an international level, the United States-based Anti-Defamation League which fights anti-semitism said it was "repulsed."

Using Hitler "who was responsible for the mass murder of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust to sell shampoo is a disgusting and deplorable marketing ploy," said Abraham H Foxman, the national director of ADL and a Holocaust survivor, in a statement.

"It is an insult to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust, those who survived, and those who fought to defeat the Nazis."

Comments
  • Fidel - 2012-03-25 20:25

    It won't be long before the portrait of the Hong Kong Leader shown on the home page of world news which a salutation resembling that of the Fuhrer is withdrawn as well.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-25 20:42

    What Hitler has to do with shampoo I have no idea. As for the big fuss, I think they over-react at everything.

      Fred - 2012-03-26 00:28

      They?

      Fred - 2012-03-26 00:28

      They?

      Fred - 2012-03-26 00:31

      Gollum, it's touching a nerve because of your denial of the Holocaust. Rest assured it will never happen again. Israel has nuclear weapons to make sure it doesn't.

      Fred - 2012-03-26 00:31

      Gollum, it's touching a nerve because of your denial of the Holocaust. Rest assured it will never happen again. Israel has nuclear weapons to make sure it doesn't.

      Jaba - 2012-03-26 06:32

      wow chill out zaatheist. what you have to do with my comment i dont know. I think you over-react at everything.

      Jaba - 2012-03-26 06:32

      wow chill out zaatheist. what you have to do with my comment i dont know. I think you over-react at everything.

      Fidel - 2012-03-26 08:02

      Has the Holocaust merely become the gift that keeps on giving, used on comment threads to win arguments?

      zaatheist - 2012-03-26 08:06

      @Jaba I think it is pretty clear. Even a 12 year old can understand that you want your god to intervene and cause grief for goyougoodthing. Do you really see nothing wrong with that? Do you see that as morally acceptable? Nice attitude.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-26 08:06

      @Jaba I think it is pretty clear. Even a 12 year old can understand that you want your god to intervene and cause grief for goyougoodthing. Do you really see nothing wrong with that? Do you see that as morally acceptable? Nice attitude.

      Jaba - 2012-03-26 09:11

      “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” C.S. Lewis I don’t want intervention...and what “God” are you talking about? I just don’t have room for his disrespect of the holocaust. Its tit for tat strategy – that is your world – not mine, an eye for an eye – and that is why you are blind with hatred. I believe that through a loss of his own he could learn value for life and than maybe respect others losses... that’s all. God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.

      Jaba - 2012-03-26 09:11

      “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” C.S. Lewis I don’t want intervention...and what “God” are you talking about? I just don’t have room for his disrespect of the holocaust. Its tit for tat strategy – that is your world – not mine, an eye for an eye – and that is why you are blind with hatred. I believe that through a loss of his own he could learn value for life and than maybe respect others losses... that’s all. God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.

  • Carlton - 2012-03-25 22:59

    Freedom of speech, freedom of expression.

      Jaba - 2012-03-25 23:19

      agree BUT could these adverts be answered with Nanado's type cartoons of the prophet Mohammad? maybe a figurine of Mohammad with an iconic suicide belt? will be funny to see how Turkey react to cartoons and teddy bears of the prophet Mohammad... to watch as the Muslim world howl in protest over their "we can make the rules but we don't have to follow them" mentality. " Israel has over and in large ignored this Hitler-Advert. That doesn't mean it doesn't hurt them (especially the survivors of the Holocaust) - however they know who they dealing with and as such don't care much for it - Arab anti Israel culture is nothing new there.. anyways... freedom of speech is king I agree. tact will help though; which is why Israelis would NEVER create a cartoon of Muhammad etc...

      zaatheist - 2012-03-26 04:24

      Jaba is suffering from fatwa envy as well.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-26 04:24

      Jaba is suffering from fatwa envy as well.

      Jaba - 2012-03-26 06:36

      zaatheist you are a serious mental case today.

      Jaba - 2012-03-26 06:36

      zaatheist you are a serious mental case today.

  • Michael - 2012-06-11 12:21

    Must brainwash the world into a cunfused P.C state of perenial jewish victimization to stay on top.. Regards. Zionism.

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