I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised any more, but I am.
Not to be outdone in the fashionable use of Nazi imagery in Islamic countries, a Turkish shampoo manufacturer has created an ad campaign using Adolf Hitler imagery to push Biomen shampoo. The Daily Mail (h/t History News Network) reports that:
The 12-second advert for Biomen shampoo shows the Nazi leader gesticulating wildly during a speech, before the commercial urges customers to buy the ‘100 per cent male shampoo’.
Underneath the footage of Hitler from an undated speech, there is a caption which translates as, ‘If you are not wearing a woman’s dress, you should not use her shampoo either’.
The Daily Mail article also states that “Turkey has long had an apparent fascination with Hitler, as the Nazi leader’s autobiography Mein Kampf, became a bestseller in the country in 2005.”
Except it isn’t that simple. The fascination with Nazism has been, and remains, epidemic in the Islamic world because both Islam and National Socialism see very much eye to eye on many subjects, particularly extermination of Jews. This latest hiccup in Turkey merely illustrates the norm.
Oh, I apologize in advance to any fans of Rodgers and Hammerstein if any feelings were hurt…