Rob Beschizza at 6:44 am Mon, Jul 2, 2012
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Prompted by yesterday's "marketing vs. reality" Nutrisystem moment, Simon Jenkins sent in this photo, whereby opening a snack reveals its cuddly corporate mascot to be none other than the evil Hitler Cat. [View full size at Flickr]
why do people assume that cats that *look* like hitler are instantly Evil…
Because they’re cats?
And they’re Hitler.
Honestly, it’s more the cat thing than the Hitler thing.
given the snack’s Thai origin, it is actually not at all unlikely that the Hitler appearance is intentional.
don’t be silly, it’s just a lucky cat.
Hitler Cat is watching you masticate.
Maneki Neko, member of the National Socialist Party, recently gave a public statement explaining his involvement in the disappearance of thousands of jars of gefilte fish…
You get this kind of thing a lot in Asia where, quite frankly, a lot of people have no idea who Hitler is. I lived in Taiwan for a couple of years, and the matter isn’t helped by the swastika having an entirely different meaning in the Buddhist culture there. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this news article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/outrage-over-taiwans-nazi-theme-restaurant-727310.html
“A huge wooden sign over the door leading to the toilets is carved with the words ‘Gas chamber’.”
There should be one of those “guess what this is!” blogs, with the theme “BRITISH SIT-COM OR ASIAN RESTAURANT CONCEPT”
Here’s another example of Asia not quite understanding the Western abhorrence of Nazi themes:
Did you notice that the ‘swastikas’ you saw went the other way? Kind of a big difference.
Not to mention Hitler stole the symbol for his own use anyway.
cutest heil ever!!!
I wonder if this could be added to one of the best website ever (if only for the domain name): http://catsthatlooklikehitler.com/
Hey Kids! Get your Kitler Kreme Kakes here!
I saw only the headline and was so afraid it was going to be snacks for cats who look like Hitler…
นุ่มจริง means “truly soft”, that’s the only legible text. Hitler cat would be something like แมวฮิตเลอร์
I’m kinda blown away by http://catsthatlooklikehitler.com/
Not to mention the whole ‘Nazis are cool’ thing in bits of Asia.
Hitler and the Nazis certainly seem have the most successful brand I can think of (atrocities aside)… they had the whole bit – badass attitude, uniform, gear, and they would’ve damn well pwnt if it wasn’t for the too much crazy.
And boy, did they make their mark in people’s imaginations; they’re the go-to epitome of a bad guy.
But are they kosher?
You know… some of your posts just aren’t worth anybody’s time…
but, hey, don’t stop!
Look everybody, the Arbiter of Taste has graced us with his presence! Thank god we have you around to tell us what’s worth our time and what’s not, because prior to that we only had our own enjoyment to base it on. :(
You know who else doesn’t like Rob’s posts?
Every flubbed post is a new opportunity for personal development.
You know… some of your comments just aren’t worth anybody’s time…
but, hey, don’t stop!
I think I have actually eaten these, but with different animals on it. They’re pretty good. I was in Thailand for about 5 months total and would buy snacks and drinks and stuff all the time. They’re not all good, but most are – and far above the equivalent stuff you find in the US. Mainly though they’re cheap (that’s 10 baht, about 30-40 cents US) and ubiquitous (there’s a ridiculous number of 7-11 shops). I attempted to try as many different snacks as I could find (the ones that looked reasonably good anyway).
Since this post from the outset was a near violation of Godwin’s Law, what would happen if someone mentioned Godwin’s Law?
It does look pretty evil, but that said it is more likely the result of a really awful illustrator. The only reason one arm is raised is due to holding a fish. The reason it seems to have a moustache is that the triangular nose touches the lips but is expanded due to the process of burning the stamp into fluffy dough. So yes, evil-looking design but no, it is not intentional. Praise due to the meme catching socially conscientious OP.
That said, I guess I should address a problem in Japan since this post is about a badly interpreted/executed Japanese meme on a meme (welcome customer cat and stamped buns).
There are even now ugly reminders of people’s ignorance and lack of shame in Japan, combined with a need to find something new and startling to sell books. There are periodically books catering to the fascination about Hitler and even a manga called Hitler’s son. The Israeli Embassy has over the years periodically had to fight these kind of things.
There is one excellent manga called Auction House which actually in one arc features a near-death Hitler and his daughter as the extremely calculating, advanced psycopathic assassins (there are a lot of assassins in this series). It is the only such appearance that has not made me gag actually it was cool. The rest of course is sheer dreck. Personally I can’t even barely stand to hear or type the name of that absolutely evil dead historical figure. Maybe this is the first time.
So it is good to be vigilant and educated, but in this case it is I expect more of an uncanny valley type phenomenon, too close to Hitler or perhaps TCTH for short.
This is Heilo Kitty. Have you seen Chairman Meow? Heilo Kitty is part of a series.
I’m just gonna leave this here for you all to ponder:
OMG DOUBLE HITLER CAT! Does this kitty deserve double internet-cultural-misconception outrage?
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