Bangkok’s ‘Hitler chic’ trend riles tourists, Israeli envoy

Tuk tuk on a street in Bangkok

Tuk tuk on a street in Bangkok. Photo: iannnnn (Pixabay)

Thai youth are strutting around in T-shirts bearing cartoonish images of the Nazi dictator. Critics blame it on ignorance

Cartoon pandas, Teletubbies, Ronald McDonald. At first glance they don’t seem to have much in common beyond a certain childlike quality. But during a visit to Bangkok you may discover another trait these popular cultural icons now share: their resemblance to Adolf Hitler.

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2 thoughts on “Bangkok’s ‘Hitler chic’ trend riles tourists, Israeli envoy

  1. Thai youth are notoriously ignorant about Nazi history – as the article states, the problems started several years ago, when a school led a Nazi-style parade. That said, each time there’s been an incident like this, and public outcry has ensued, Thais have apologized and cited their ignorance of the issue. However, we do live in a global village and Thailand hasn’t been mysteriously excluded from the internet…so can the purveyors and wearers of this new Thailand Hitler chic fashion trend really claim ignorance, when all they need to do is perform an internet search to educate themselves?

  2. Hi, I’m from Thailand. Sorry for the news. In Thailand, History is not the favorite subject. I’m sorry to say that the only reason for learning history in Thailand is for examination. Parents tends to encourage their children to read Math, Physics, Chemistry, etc.. (To get in Engineering School, Medical School or Law School, etc..) I can called myself middle age now and has a very satisfied work. When I recalled my knowledge about Hitler in my childhood about 15 years ago, I can’t think about Hitler much more than a bad character guy in Japanese Manga. He has turned into cyborg and fight with the Peacock King (Saga of the Phoenix). If someone in Thailand talks about Hitler, it may not be the same Hitler. It may be just a character in Manga that has a different absurd story. (Nowaday, I think the teenagers like South Korea Manga, South Korea Soap Opera, and South Korea Singers a lot.) By the way, I think telling us that our behaviors is bad is OK. We will improve it.

    (P.S. I’ve visit this shop once, but not get in, just pass by, before the news. I’ve never pass this shop again. Now, this shop is in the news. I think the world has just promote this shop already!!! Some respectable guy said to me that the best way to make something unnoticed is to make it not special. If you threat this topic special, it will special, and make the news. But if you just see it as an object, nothing special, it will reduce it’s significance to nothing. Hitler is bad, but he was dead a long time ago. He cannot do a thing now. We should remember his bad behavior, but anger is in our heart will destroy us. And it will destroy our target too. I don’t suggest any thing. Just to remind about bad property of hatre and anger that everyone already know.)

    And in the film “Little Nicky”, I saw Hitler dressed like a maid and was shoved a pine apple up his ass. That’s how I know Hitler. That’s how I pictured Hitler. That’s how I concluded that if I try something bad with his fictional appearance, no one will complaint much. I didn’t like to read History, but I learnt from more vivid media like Manga or Movie. (But you can tell me if it’s too far away from reality. If you tell me, I don’t have to read it myself. Reading history book is boring. Thanks in Advanced.)

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