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"Where Brooklyn At?!" by Adolf Hitler. [SLYT]
posted by phaedon (46 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I thought it was hilarious when my boss sent this to me two years ago.
posted by Joe Beese at 8:14 PM on February 24, 2010


Well, at least it wasn't another Downfall video.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 8:16 PM on February 24, 2010 [8 favorites]


I thought it was hilarious when my boss sent this to me two years ago.

I thought this post was hilarious when somebody made it OHE PAU(HDOHDCOd73bt 7696fdssssssssssssssssssssssssssasa,>?<><><)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)(@!!))))))))))))))))))K K W:W:::::::::::::"A
posted by mpbx at 8:18 PM on February 24, 2010


Nazi humor is timeless, I guess.
posted by phaedon at 8:18 PM on February 24, 2010


I thought it was hilarious when I saw it live in 1934.
posted by decagon at 8:21 PM on February 24, 2010 [22 favorites]


This really is an old one.

That said, the Biggie rap is timeless. He's tore that shit up.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 8:23 PM on February 24, 2010 [3 favorites]


It's easy to snark this, and I've seen it before too, but you know what? It's still good.
posted by Nomiconic at 8:24 PM on February 24, 2010


So where was it at, anyway?
posted by Joe Beese at 8:25 PM on February 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


Geez, remember these Notorious BIG clips? This was the last Hitler meme, before the obnoxious never-ending Downfall clips started. Ah, the winter of 2007 - good year that was.
posted by koeselitz at 8:27 PM on February 24, 2010


Please. Everyone knows, Brooklyn, you ain't nothing
posted by fuq at 8:29 PM on February 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, in case anybody missed me linking it there, anybody who hates Downfall parodies as much as I do should go ahead and watch Hitler Finally Declares War On Youtube Hitler Parodies (or: Fuck Me, This Movie Has More Than One Scene).
posted by koeselitz at 8:30 PM on February 24, 2010 [4 favorites]


which is funny if you ignore the stupid Michael Moore joke
posted by koeselitz at 8:32 PM on February 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


Somewhere I've got this awesome dancing baby clip... lemme see if I can find the 10 floppies it's on.
posted by odinsdream at 8:36 PM on February 24, 2010 [3 favorites]


No, this weak style is not "by" Adolf Hitler, and you know this - just as history knows that Biggie was a punk.

I may have grown up East German, but I'm West Coast for life, bitches.

2PAC 4EVER
posted by Hitler at 8:41 PM on February 24, 2010 [14 favorites]


The rap is from a track called "Live Freestyle 95". No idea where it was recorded, but it's epic. Tupac's on it too. Here's a Rapidshare link of the MP3.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 8:43 PM on February 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


I much prefer this rapping Hitler.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 9:08 PM on February 24, 2010


Oh, Heavens to Betsy, if you must know, Brooklyn is at 40.6501037, -73.9495823.
posted by gwint at 9:16 PM on February 24, 2010 [6 favorites]


I thought it was hilarious when I saw it live in 1934.

Fuck 1934.
posted by humannaire at 9:21 PM on February 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


A song glorifying murder set to a video of a mass-murderer. What a laff!
posted by stargell at 9:30 PM on February 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


I think it's very funny, but this is funnier.
posted by Joe in Australia at 9:59 PM on February 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


We got up into the 60k range before someone registered "Hitler"? I'm almost disappointed in you guys.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 10:53 PM on February 24, 2010


rushes out to buy sockpuppets of pol pot, nelson mandela, and albert einstein so he can amuse his friends by devaluing the great and horrible things of the past
posted by honest knave at 1:42 AM on February 25, 2010


Koeselitz, I watched that and was chilled again by the drama of the movie itself. The subtitles failed to register with me at all.
I've never experienced such devasted silence in a movie theater as after that movie ended.

I guess it's a bit different for me than for some others since my parents lived through WWII while the war and the holocaust went on where they lived and where I grew up. Of course a good command of German makes a difference as well.

Personally I think that it's a normal process that those atrocities gradually fade from memory as a lived experience and become knowledge derived from movies and books. I view these Downfall parodies as proof that that process is in full swing.

We have had quite a few posts on metafilter to commemorate the last veterans of WWI dying. But these are people who were exceptionally young during that war and lived to an exceptionally old age. Right now the last cohort who lived consciously through WWII are dying out.

So this is the last chance to talk to the people who lived through this. Talk to that grandfather, older neighbour, while you still can.
In fact I'm going to take my own advice and will visit The Hague with my 80 yr old father so he can point out to me from where the V2's were launched on London, where the Oerlikon flak stood, where the planes crashed. Just let him tell his stories.
posted by jouke at 2:25 AM on February 25, 2010 [5 favorites]


Funnily(?) enough, this video is not available in Germany. No, it's not blocked because of Hitler references:"Dieses Video enthält Content von UMG. Dieser Partner hat das Video in deinem Land aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen gesperrt. " ("This video contains content by UMG. This partner has blocked this video in your country for copyright reasons.")

You know who else liked blocking foreign media?
posted by PontifexPrimus at 3:06 AM on February 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


jouke: “Koeselitz, I watched that and was chilled again by the drama of the movie itself. The subtitles failed to register with me at all.”

Yes, it is a mighty powerful movie. And you've probably heard the bit about Hirschbiegel saying he loves those silly Downfall parody films because they are in their own way expressive of the whole point of the movie: to humanize Adolph Hitler, to remind a generation that he really was just this guy who lived and died.

I think it's astoundingly valuable that you're amid people who can recount those experiences to you.
posted by koeselitz at 3:26 AM on February 25, 2010


2PAC 4EVER

66k noobs.
posted by rxrfrx at 3:56 AM on February 25, 2010


Halt. Hammerzeit.
posted by zippy at 4:02 AM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is an old favorite of mine. It's part of a series made by a black filmmaker who called himself "CrackerSchool", all of which concerned him needling white supremacists. If I'm not mistaken he took most of them down, I didn't look at who posted the video in the FPP. There was some seriously intense racial hatred in his comment pages and I think it just stopped being funny to him.
posted by DecemberBoy at 4:24 AM on February 25, 2010


Yeah, the video was reposted by someone else. I wish the rest of his videos were still extant, some of them were really good. Plus I really unloaded on some Nazis on his comment pages.
posted by DecemberBoy at 4:25 AM on February 25, 2010


(And for those that reacted negatively, would it change your opinion to know it was specifically made to irritate fans of Hitler?)
posted by DecemberBoy at 4:28 AM on February 25, 2010


Oh, Heavens to Betsy, if you must know, Brooklyn is at 40.6501037, -73.9495823.

"Where Brooklin' at?
It's the area within
a polygon composed
of the following points ..."

BIG GIS SMALLS
posted by zippy at 4:48 AM on February 25, 2010 [8 favorites]


A song glorifying murder set to a video of a mass-murderer. What a laff!

"If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win," says Brooks, 75. "That's what they do so well; they seduce people. But if you ridicule them, bring them down with laughter--they can't win. You show how crazy they are."
posted by Pollomacho at 4:53 AM on February 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I never thought I would ever give Hitler a favorite, but there it is.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:13 AM on February 25, 2010


Is there one of Hitler doing "Interior Crocodile Alligator"? Let's beam that into space, and see if the Vegans send it back with a wormhole primer.
posted by steef at 5:29 AM on February 25, 2010


I'm not sure how multiply re-copied viral memes of clips of Hitler repurposed to show him doing goofy things does anything that fits Mel Brooks' definition of "bringing him down with laughter." I'm not even sure that Mel Brook's own work fits that definition anymore. Maybe it did in 1968, when the original "Producers" was released. But after 40 years and after turning it into a huge money-making Broadway mega-hit extravaganza? Not so much.

The same meme repeated and recycled and regurgitated ad infinitum isn't funny. It's just boring. All the repetitions of the clip from "Downfall" cancel one another out to the point of meaninglessness.

So, yeah, if you're gonna bring that crazy Nazi devil down with boredom, this'll do it!
posted by blucevalo at 5:33 AM on February 25, 2010


Hey, blucevalo, the clip in this FPP is not using Downfall.
posted by cavalier at 6:06 AM on February 25, 2010


Dubbing Triumph of the Will with the Jeffersons Theme doesn't fit the definition of ridicule? Even if it is hackneyed by this point, it's still ridicule.
posted by Pollomacho at 6:09 AM on February 25, 2010


Is LOLACAUST (the post title) a thing? Because if not, that's freaking brilliant, phaedon.
posted by The Bellman at 7:15 AM on February 25, 2010


Let's beam that into space, and see if the Vegans send it back with a wormhole primer.

Damn, the Vegans have wormhole technology? I knew I should have give up cheese too!
posted by Splunge at 7:35 AM on February 25, 2010


You know, yes, it's old, but the first three "Where Brooklyn At"s in this video still rank among the most astonishing things I have ever seen in my life.
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:46 AM on February 25, 2010


Dubbing Triumph of the Will with the Jeffersons Theme doesn't fit the definition of ridicule?

Not to beat the dead horse, but I'd just like to add that many if not most of these tired regurgitations are being made and remade by young people, people now generations after Hitler, people who's grandparents may have been born after Hitler's fall. That he has become an object of ridicule even to these people that are so far removed from him historically gives me a chuckle even if the videos juat aren't that great.
posted by Pollomacho at 9:09 AM on February 25, 2010


fantastic. loved it. agree with Astro above, the first 3 "Where Brooklyn at"s are awesome. just made me think what would happen if you could send sound back in time so all of a sudden that song played loudly over the nuremburg PA.

"Is LOLACAUST (the post title) a thing? Because if not, that's freaking brilliant, phaedon.
posted by The Bellman at 7:15 AM on February 25 [+] [!] "

nearly: there is a site called lolocaust - EXTREMELY NSFW - MS Paint and articles. attacks, jews, catholics, muslims etc. do not click if easily offended. And i mean it!
posted by marienbad at 9:11 AM on February 25, 2010


The same meme repeated and recycled and regurgitated ad infinitum isn't funny. It's just boring. All the repetitions of the clip from "Downfall" cancel one another out to the point of meaninglessness.

I don't even know what "Downfall" is, but this clip is 4 or 5 years old. Did anyone read my post explaining where it's from?
posted by DecemberBoy at 3:15 PM on February 25, 2010


DecemberBoy: “I don't even know what "Downfall" is, but this clip is 4 or 5 years old. Did anyone read my post explaining where it's from?”

Downfall (originally "Der Untergang") is a German film about the life and death of Adolph Hitler. You may not know about the film, but it seems to me almost impossible that you've been on the internet in the last year and not seen a clip of a particular scene from Downfall wherein Hitler is given some bad news, to his great displeasure; this scene has been repurposed ad infinitum by switching in the subtitles to comic effect, ie: "Hitler reacts to being banned from XBox Live," or "Hitler reacts to the death of Michael Jackson," et cetera. The director of Downfall, which actually happens to be a fine film, is said to enjoy these silly little clips immensely, because he says that they go even further in underlining the point that Hitler was not so much a being of supreme evil as, well, just this stupid little guy.
posted by koeselitz at 6:59 PM on February 25, 2010


See? "Search Results 1-20 of about 1,320"
posted by koeselitz at 7:01 PM on February 25, 2010


And yeah, er, I read your explanation, DecemberBoy. That was interesting. Thanks for the background. Do you know what site that was on?
posted by koeselitz at 7:06 PM on February 25, 2010


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