Controversial/popular German Hitler satire cartoon
September 20, 2006 5:06 PM   Subscribe

Who knew Hitler sang reggae? View (YouTube, in German but with moustached rubber ducks).
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (38 comments total)

 
The chorus is disturbingly catchy.
posted by phrontist at 5:25 PM on September 20, 2006


Seconded. For some reason it reminded me of the vid we had here a while ago, with the Nazi-esque pigs and a disturbingly earwormy chorus of counting in German.

I have the damn thing on my hard drive somewhere, but fuck me if I can find it right now.
posted by Cyrano at 6:01 PM on September 20, 2006


Can anyone give me a decent translation? My German is not so good.

(also, yes, catchy as hell)
posted by piratebowling at 6:26 PM on September 20, 2006


(thumbs up)
posted by j-urb at 6:51 PM on September 20, 2006


Here's a subtitled version.

And yes, catchy as hell.
posted by item at 7:29 PM on September 20, 2006 [1 favorite]


Excellent use of the preemptivegodwin tag.
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:42 PM on September 20, 2006


But lousy use of the singingdictator tag.
posted by item at 7:46 PM on September 20, 2006


The caricature of Hitler was pretty bad. The nose, while humiliating, would throw most people off. The song was eh, as well (yeah, the chorus was catchy, but the flow was a little sloppy... I guess it's hard to fit capitulieren into a pop song.

But the Blondie joke was pretty funny. I got a chuckle out of it, at least.

Very strange thing altogether. Obviously not pro-Nazi, but I'm not really sure what it was trying to communicate since the premise itself wasn't terribly interesting.
posted by illovich at 8:21 PM on September 20, 2006


I thought it was cool.
posted by meh at 8:59 PM on September 20, 2006


Who knew Hitler sang reggae?

I did.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:00 PM on September 20, 2006


Oh, rubber ducks. Thank god.
posted by Leather McWhip at 9:15 PM on September 20, 2006


You know who else sang reggae? Marley.
posted by Balisong at 9:16 PM on September 20, 2006


Does the guy actually sound anything like Hitler? I think it's a bit disingenuous to declare the most evil person in the history of the world, as if he was some earthly embodiment of the absolute depth of human depravity. He was a real person and there are people who are just as bad as him, even if they don't have the ability to carry out their goals. And there will continue to be people just as bad as him in the future.
posted by delmoi at 9:34 PM on September 20, 2006 [1 favorite]


what's cyrano referring to?
posted by es_de_bah at 9:36 PM on September 20, 2006


This.
posted by kickingtheground at 10:11 PM on September 20, 2006


Stalin was probably worse, but we didn't beat Stalin. So of course he doesn't get Most Evil Guy Ever.
posted by Malor at 10:28 PM on September 20, 2006


Das ist ja echt toll.
posted by pmbuko at 10:33 PM on September 20, 2006


Walter Moers does something controversial? Wow, stop the presses.

Now, seriously, the man is an real comi genius with a rather un-German gift for sending the most self-righteous fingerwaggers into apoplectic fits...
posted by Skeptic at 11:57 PM on September 20, 2006


I am pretty sure Hitler was just misunderstood and a creature of his circumstances and doesn't deserve to be singled out for special negative attention in that way. Why not just treat people equally and take from each the evil they can give and give to others the evil that they need?
posted by srboisvert at 2:03 AM on September 21, 2006


Reggae Hitler would probably have found interest in this website which discusses turning Hebrew psalms into reggae lyrics.

And then he would have berated himself for doing so.
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:40 AM on September 21, 2006


Very strange thing altogether. Obviously not pro-Nazi, but I'm not really sure what it was trying to communicate since the premise itself wasn't terribly interesting.

Knowing the work of Walter Moers, I'd say using Hitler does not communicate anything except a bizarre sense of humor. It's entirely apolitical beyond utilizing the German reaction to him for the weird setting.
posted by uncle harold at 4:03 AM on September 21, 2006


uncle harold, I respectfully and vigorously beg to differ.

In discussing the "Springtime for Hitler" shtick in The Producers, Mel Brooks made a telling point: The ultimate put-down to Hitler -- and the healthiest possible response to the horrors of the Shoah -- is to make der Führer the butt of jokes, to belittle him by refusing to take him seriously and thus to transcend horror with life-affirming belly laughs. Spike Jones understood this too.
posted by pax digita at 7:22 AM on September 21, 2006


Catchy indeed.

"Adolf... du alte Nazi Sau..."

And the intro is nice too: "...and things weren't going so well in Japan either." I give it five rubber swastikas!
posted by languagehat at 7:26 AM on September 21, 2006


And, on non-preview, what pax digita said.
posted by languagehat at 7:26 AM on September 21, 2006


Gee, thanks, languagehat.

"Wir lachen für den Sieg" oder so etwa'.

Full disclosure: I used to be the proud owner of an "Adolf Hitler -- The European Tour 1933-1945" T-shirt until some German friends performed an intervention and gang-shamed me into holding my very own "party rally," bare-chested, in the middle of Nueces Street mit Streichholz und Benzinkanister. Like, poof! Get the marshmallows! But, as Anaximander once famously observed, "[censored] 'em if they can't take a joke."
posted by pax digita at 7:43 AM on September 21, 2006 [1 favorite]


Anaximander was a bloody pander
who drank with verve and pep;
Friedrich Nietzsche was really peachy—
he taught Adolf to goose-step.
posted by languagehat at 8:25 AM on September 21, 2006


Whoa, lh, that was friggin' awesome! LOL!
posted by pax digita at 9:52 AM on September 21, 2006


uncle harold, I respectfully and vigorously beg to differ.

In discussing the "Springtime for Hitler" shtick in The Producers, Mel Brooks made a telling point: The ultimate put-down to Hitler -- and the healthiest possible response to the horrors of the Shoah -- is to make der Führer the butt of jokes, to belittle him by refusing to take him seriously and thus to transcend horror with life-affirming belly laughs. Spike Jones understood this too.


Yes, that's right - it's a healthy effect of it. I just don't feel that's his primary intention.
posted by uncle harold at 11:16 AM on September 21, 2006


MetaFilter: YouTube, in German but with moustached rubber ducks.
posted by Eideteker at 11:18 AM on September 21, 2006


mit Streichholz und Benzinkanister

Brilliant story, and excellent use of the phrase. Thanks.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:41 PM on September 21, 2006


But the Blondie joke was pretty funny. I got a chuckle out of it, at least.

Yeah, when Eva Braun started singing "The Tide Is High" in German, it was hilarious! Oops, wrong Blondie!
posted by jonp72 at 2:21 PM on September 21, 2006


Anyhow, I don't see what's so unprecedented about this. Using Hitler and the Nazis as the butt of jokes is a long honorable tradition including Donald Duck's Der Fuehrer's Face, To Be or Not to Be (both Lubitsch and Mel Brooks versions), the Great Dictator, the Producers (both the film and the musical), Len Lye's Lambeth Walk: Nazi Style, the Blues Brothers, Monty Python's "Mr. Hilter" sketch, Monty Python's "Killing Joke" sketch, Seinfeld's "The Limo" episode (where George gets mistaken for a neo-Nazi leader), Death to Smoochy, Chris Kattan on Saturday Night Live as "gay, speed-skating Hitler," and the best line from the Big Lebowski. Say what you will about poking fun at Nazis, but at least it's an ethos!
posted by jonp72 at 2:30 PM on September 21, 2006


uncle harold about Walter Moers' humour: It's entirely apolitical
I take it that you haven't read "Die Klerikalen", then? I think that Moers' is quite political, in a left-libertarian sort of way.
posted by Skeptic at 2:45 PM on September 21, 2006


Hitler is teh hot naked....
posted by WaterSprite at 5:12 PM on September 21, 2006


Yeah, when Eva Braun started singing "The Tide Is High" in German

Die Flut steigt hoch aber halt' ich fest,
Ich werde doch dein Führer-Pest—
Führer-Pest...

Danke, ich werde hier die ganze Woche! Try der veal!
posted by languagehat at 5:14 PM on September 21, 2006


Hitler is teh hot naked....

Someone seemed to think so.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:10 PM on September 21, 2006


Danke, ich werde hier die ganze Woche! Try der veal!

I'm not sure exactly what it would involve, but I don't think I want to see languagehat becoming an entire week—sounds painful.
posted by kenko at 7:29 PM on September 21, 2006


Youtube link to the previously mentioned Donald Duck cartoon.
posted by joedan at 12:12 PM on September 22, 2006


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