Unusual papier-mache figure of German chancellor

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  1. Ean Moody says:

    Could you put this behind a NSFW screen maybe?

    I know they aren’t real or human boobs, but my boss might not care.

  2. retepslluerb says:

    I’d like to point out that Ms. Merkel’s name is kinda close to Ferkel (as written on the boat) which means piglet and – by association –  mucky pup and (hermless) pervert. 

  3. It’s doubly insulting. A six-teated sow is worthless!

  4. The same week that mass demonstrations block an NPD event, this happens. Is it an East/West thing? I guess my Greek friend that will be attending the RWT university next semester wont’ have a great time…

    • mrtut says:

      Mind you that this display is not for a political demonstration, nor are these puppets covered in swastikas, nor are they meant to be put on fire. The people standing on this chariot will shower spectators with caramel candy. It is made for a carnival parade, the point of which is to *subvert* all rules of normal life (as in, drink too much, swear, show your boss the finger, make un-PC jokes and make out with your neighbour’s wife) in the week before the catholic 40 day period of fasting. Therefore, you should not be worried for your friends.

    • paulcarcosa says:

      Hey, at least that NPD event was blocked.

      All the Greeks around here seem to be quite happy they are not in Greece for the time being.
      I predict your friend will have a great time at the RWTH.

    • Guest says:

      edit: boingboing – take all my comments or leave it. comment deleted

  5. Gendun says:

    That is sexist and xenophobic bordering on racist. It’s disgusting, and roughly comparable to a bloated Michelle Obama suckling Mexicans and Guatemalans. Bad, bad, bad taste.

    • C W says:

      I see it more as Nationalist than anything else. Definitely highly xenophobic and troubling, regardless.

    • qwrtyp says:

      “sexist” – why and how? Because a female pig is portrayed with breasts? “xenophobic” – why and how? Those foreign pigs look rather jolly and I don’t see how anyone is supposed to be frightened by them “racist” – why and how? They are all identical looking pigs and they portray nationalities not races. Also your comparison makes no sense as Michelle Obama has no political power and is not responsible for financial support of Mexico and Guatemala. 

      • novium says:

        sexist because they’re portraying a woman as a) a pig and b) as primarily being defined by a sexual characteristic. 

        • Ipo says:

           In this giant political cartoon they are portraying countries as a sow, with sucklings sucking of its teats.  The big pig, it has a Merkelesque face, symbolizes Germania.  The sucklings symbolize EU members with insane fiscal, economic, tax and other policies that will cost the German taxpayer incredibly much money.  Danke Merkel. 
          The float is an exaggeration of the perception common in Germany those countries were actually receiving the gazillions, while in reality those piglets would more accurately be painted with bank branding.   

      • wysinwyg says:

        blockquote>”xenophobic” – why and how? Those foreign pigs look rather jolly and I don’t see how anyone is supposed to be frightened by them “racist” – why and how? They are all identical looking pigs and they portray nationalities not races.The fact that they look jolly is part of it.  Have you been reading coverage from Greece?  Do they sound jolly?  Well-suckled?  “Frightened” is a non-sequitir, the float depicts Greeks, Portuguese, and Italians as lazy, useless moochers.  It’s intended to stir feelings against an “other”, in this case people of different nationalities.

        Here’s a definition of xenophobic: unreasonably fearful of or hating anyone or anything foreign or strange.

        novium already gave you a good answer to why it’s sexist.

      • fakefighter says:

        Sexist because Angela Merkel’s sex is emphasised, unlike a male politician’s would be. Xenophobic (xenophobia =/= racism though they go hand-in-hand) because it portrays entire nations as being freeloaders taking advantage of Germany. Those nationalities are often target of prejudice because they’re seen as more mixed, darker peoples, and that’s rarely a coincidence, and I wouldn’t doubt racism. It’s pretty damn blatant, so I’d say you’re willingly missing it (I mean, not xenophobic because the pigs are jolly? Are you serious? Minorities and foreigners are portrayed as jolly, unconscionable freeloaders all the time.)

      • cheshire_hat says:

        fakefighter explains it very well.

        I suspect qwrtyp is not trolling or dense, just unaware that whole countries and their populations are actually being called P.I.G.S (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) Perhaps s/he thinks the pigs imagery is some crazy idea just for the carnival. Whereas the PIGS acronym  has been used in the media and in public discourse by officials, journalists and other people who should know better.

        As a Greek, I find it both offensive and inaccurate (in that only a small sliver of the help Greece has received has actually reached Greece. Most of it went to european banks and creditors).

        • paulcarcosa says:

          The float is a trolling device, not qwrtyp. Most Germans know quite well that the Greeks are in deep trouble.

          It’s more tongue in cheek.

  6. mrtut says:

    This is Karneval; Narrenfreiheit (jester’s privilege) predates freedom of speech.

    It is situated in a unique cultural context:

    Stasi document pulled from chancellor Kohl’s butt:
    http://cdn2.spiegel.de/images/image-316969-galleryV9-ukwl.jpg

    Chancellor Schröder flashing his own party:
    http://einestages.spiegel.de/hund-images/2012/02/16/96/8daed023b47faa29bc062efc9a7880bb_image_document_xxl.jpg

    Hitler defecating the NPD party:
    http://einestages.spiegel.de/hund-images/2012/02/16/78/5be9fc543d12dc532dfbe5ea1693d665_image_document_xxl.jpg

    The USA defecates chancellor Merkel:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/Karnevalswagen_Merkel_in_Amerika_2003.jpg

    George Bush and Saddam Hussein as gay lovers:
    http://einestages.spiegel.de/hund-images/2012/02/16/85/49550f2b62e3ebdf48e199bd2b155e88_image_document_large_featured_borderless.jpg

    Maffia sodomizes Berlusconi:
    http://einestages.spiegel.de/hund-images/2012/02/16/89/50d24d53fd616b916e2b570bb9367157_image_document_large_featured_borderless.jpg

    Obama farts in Lady Liberties’ face while presenting a dove of peace to a sleepy German Michel:
    http://www.mz-web.de/ks/images/mdsBild/1260693569662l.jpg

    Conclusion: this is not unusual at all, during the fifth season.

    At least the depictions of Italy, Spain and Greece are not being defecated by somebody.
    And the depiction of the German chancellor is no less of a pig than they are.

    • Petzl says:

      I think in this context the Merkel float becomes less offensive.

      I wish we had these floats in the US, rather than the Rose Bowl or Mardi Gras floats.  On second thought, maybe not: I don’t want to imagine what the Tea Party would come up with.

  7. theophrastvs says:

    well, there’s one good thing about the existence of this; that it’s allowed to exist, and presumably paraded, means that freedom of speech is currently healthy in Germany.  (it could be otherwise)

  8. I’d like to note, that the ceremony of dragging over the top caricatures of political viewpoints trough city streets at a special yearly occasion isn’t something you will understand if you’ve not grown up with it.

    The whole purpose is to be as offensive and crass as you can be. If people are not being offended, you haven’t tried hard enough.

    • puppybeard says:

       *putting away the economics spreadsheets* Ah, now I get it. I think I can get behind this kind of thing. I can think of some stupid opinions in my own country that I’d like to make a joke of.

    • mrtut says:

      Judging from the reactions here, Cologne carnival officials offend with German efficiency ;)

    • C W says:

      Honestly, this is far more complimentary to the politician than it is to the other countries. She’s at least a provider, the rest are bound to her teats of “austerity”.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        That’s my problem with it. Germany was the first country to start fudging numbers that eventually led to the current economic crisis. The EU let them get away with it because, well, [David Mitchell] they’re Germany [/David Mitchell]. Once they had done it, there wasn’t much they could do about everyone else doing it.

  9. Meaty Merkel mammary moguls make mouthwatering money milk.  Mandatory Männerbrüste month?

  10. paulcarcosa says:

     The sign on the well reads: Wunschbrunnen (= wishing well) – out of order

  11. Preston Sturges says:

     Everything else aside, those are some shapely breasts!

  12. Let’s quietly reflect on that last sentence.

  13. paulcarcosa says:

    I call bullshit.

  14. Preston Sturges says:

    The pig-human hybrid theme is strikingly similar to the sculpture “The Young Family”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Piccinini

  15. The PIIGS import from Germany.

  16. ChesterBushey says:

    This float is moronic on multiple levels, but I’m surprised that no one has noted how improperly attired the little pigs are. 

    They should not be wearing national flag diapers, but rather diapers with the logos of German banks. This is not a ‘bail out’ of Greece and others, it’s a bail out of their creditors–mostly German banks–who did pretty much what the predatory lenders in the U.S. did to Americans.

  17. Stephan says:

    So what?
    The Greeks have been agitated into calling every German politician a Nazi.
    And now many Greeks are calling the Germans Nazis because they dont come there for holiday anymore.

    If you really want to generalize do it on both sides please.

  18. Mondo Rondo says:

    This happens everywhere. I am Spaniard, Catalan, and here, in the north, you can see the same kind of feeling related to the south of the country (they are lazy, get the money doing nothing….). The medecine to fight this perception is knowledge, culture and empathy. By knowing others it is easier to understand them. Meanwhile we have to accept that somebody make fun with papier-mache about something that it is in the head of a lot of German people. I hope that this helps our politicians to make good use of the funds received.

  19. HazelStone says:

    I think you mean “sexist and xenophobic.” Germany is actually screwing over Greece with forced austerity, not nurturing it. Also, depicting her as a sow?!? UGH.

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