In Taiwan, 7-Eleven stores have pulled products featuring a cartoon vampire that bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler after receiving complaints from the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei (ISECO) for selling the items, according to several media reports.
The convenience store chain, whose 4,400 Taiwanese locations are owned by the President Chain Store Corp., has suspended sales of the key chains, USB drives and magnets sporting the apparent caricature of the Nazi dictator. Company officials originally denied that the cartoon was meant to depict Hitler, first calling the black square on the figure‚Äôs face a tooth, then a nose, rather than a mustache. But on Wednesday, the company acknowledged that many saw the image as offensive and said that it did not intend to be insensitive by selling the items.
‚ÄúBecause there are people with doubts, we've stopped selling the products for now,‚ÄĚ a representative from 7-Eleven told the German Press Agency, according to an Israeli newspaper.
The ISECO, which is Israel‚Äôs de facto embassy to Taiwan, since China does not allow its diplomatic allies to have official ties with the island, says that while it does not think the products were meant to be a show of support for anti-Semitic ideology, the cartoon figure does signify a lack of understanding of the Nazi party‚Äôs history.
‚ÄúWe were appalled to see the Hitler lookalike image being used, again, as a marketing aid and sold in Taiwan's 7-Eleven stores,‚ÄĚ ISECO representative Simona Halperin said in a statement Tuesday. ‚ÄúI find it tragic that once again people down the chain of marketing and promotion fail to recognize the meaning of the Dark Age in human history that the Nazi dictator represents.‚ÄĚ
Taiwan has a history of Nazi imagery popping up in public as a result of commercial use.
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In 1999, a local company used an image of Hitler to advertise space heaters made in Germany. Additionally, in 2000, a restaurant in Taipei called The Jail displayed images of Nazi concentration camps, while a bar in Taipei operated under the name ‚ÄúNazi Bar‚ÄĚ during the 1990s. Both businesses later removed the references.
The nation‚Äôs fascination with Nazi lore could stem from the fact that the party has become a symbol of courage because of poor education, which explains why an association created to explore Hitler‚Äôs achievements was able to garner interest from 1,000 people in 2005.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre not anti-Semitic, just ignorant,‚ÄĚ Lin Chong-pin, a professor of strategic studies at Tamkang University in Taiwan, told the Christian Science Monitor after a photo surfaced on the Ministry of National Defense‚Äôs website of three students wearing Nazi uniforms at a military summer camp. ‚ÄúThey think the Nazi uniforms look spirited, that the high hat looks very heroic,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúReading and understanding of history is very poor.‚ÄĚ
Products featuring the cartoon figure, which was designed by blogger Mark Lee, are sold in other Taiwanese stores as well, according to 7-Eleven. Lee says that while the figure‚Äôs appearance was inspired by Hitler, the cartoon was not meant to endorse any of Hitler‚Äôs views. In addition to depicting the dictator‚Äôs famous mustache, the caricature also wears a red armband and, in one version, has its arm raised in the fashion of the iconic Nazi salute.
‚ÄúI had hoped to use it to satirize some bosses,‚ÄĚ Lee told Agence France-Presse. ‚ÄúIn the eyes of disgruntled employees, many bosses are greedy and dictatorial and like vampires trying to suck money from them.‚ÄĚ
Representatives for 7-Eleven declined to disclose how many of Lee‚Äôs products were purchased during their short run on the store‚Äôs shelves. The items went on sale Sunday and sold for $15 each, according to the San Diego Jewish World.
Hitler was a Kuei-Jin?
Give me a freakin' break
you better hope you're right. eternity is a long time to spend in hell if you're wrong.
So you believe out of fear? I thought you needed to believe out of love in order for it to count. Just sayin'
Pascal's wager...the cowards reason for justifying belief in a religious faith.
What if *you're* wrong. You could spend eternity in a Hindu hell.
You are a brainwashed fool. Go spout your idiotic religious fantasies elsewhere.
"Pascal's wager" is basically a fallacy at this point.
Oh yeah looks exactly like Hitler. Geez.
He has a red armband and has a Nazi salute (both not picture). In additionm, the creator acknowledges its inspired by Hitler. How is that NOT Hitler then? Did you read the article or just comment?
Oh! for goodness sake guys, watch out. This here is anti-semitism we are talking about.
Do you folks want to be confined to your homes and barred from human contact?
AIPAC & ADL in your 'hood is watching.
these things happen all the time over there, there are many in marketing departments there that have NO clue about these sorts of things, another problem is washed and glossed over world history taught in school
I have a shaved head and I seriously get refused service in jewish delis if i happen to wear army pants! No joke! Nevermind I'm half Mexican and a Buddihist! It's a very sensitive topic!
6 millions murdered Jews – I think that would tend to make a person a little defensive!
So what? I'm Chinese, I don't freak out every time I come across some railroad tracks or an opium rock
OMG! When can I get one of these. I love it!
I thought what was happening in palestine was considered the Dark Age in human history and supports something that the Nazi dictator represented
IMO, we need some "Nazi Chic" here...
Not necessarily out of any real like of Nazis/Nazism, but just to flip a finger at Israel and the Jew controlled media.
They've had an illegal sedition lobby for decades and they've made tv SUCK while the media is full of propaganda lies that have helped our rich elite (a good number jews, btw) bleed our country dry for decades, long as they got to fire people who made anti Jewish/Israeli remarks from the media and excrete one "Holocaust" movie after another.
But, oh, won't we offend good Jewish persons, good citizens, and businessmen...?
Like, say MADOFF...?
Just get some cute Hitler toys.
"No one who speaks German can be an evil man!"
"He's really very funny! He's a Gas!"
He ruined that mustache forever. Cant even say it's Chaplin.
Hitler was ASIAN!?!?!?
I don't know. Looks like Chaplin to me.