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15 January 2007 @ 12:10 am
Is Hitler funny?  
Are we allowed to make fun of the Third Reich?
Are we allowed to make fun of the holocaust?
Are we allowed to make fun of the Second World War?

Are we allowed to make fun of Hitler?
I think... *giggle* yes!
Look, I don't mean to insult anyone, but... Mel Brooks said something about comedy robbing Hitler of his posthumus power. It's our friggin' duty to rid the world of the power those sick ideas Hitler still stands for.
We have this big discussion going on in Germany... "Is this new Helge Schneider movie about Hitler funny?" and "What about Walter Moers and his parody?"...
All that stuff!
I guess it's time we finally get a move on. We are to blame for Second World War and stuff, fine! They say it's our fault but then it's also our duty to remember AND to move on. Thousands, millions were killed between 1933 and 1945, lots of crimes were committed and in the end... it all fell.
With the neonazis rising and gaining power within our land again we need to put a halt to this ideas. Hitler stands for this ideas, for conquering Europe and all that rubbish. But in the end he was just a tiny little man, wasting away in a bunker and killing himself, pushing the guilt away, the coward.
I remember being afraid of saying certain names, even hearing certain names. I was afraid of the past, of the guilt and it all was triggered by the name of Adolf Hitler.
Comedy can reverse that effect.
Whacha think will help more when the neonazis have a demo again? The fear of a name or laughing off your ass of because you simply have to think of a (good) parody? Those people have only power over you if you're afraid. But there's nothing you have to fear except fear itself.

I don't care if those sorry, little, stupid American fuckers on Youtube are calling us Nazis in the comments on a musicvideo parody on Hitler. I know that anyone laughing about that video can't be and I know that those commenters are just stupid, blind and haven't understood a word of the song anyway. Perhaps it's their way of dealing with their own stupidness.
I'm not bothered by a member of the British Royal Family trying to shock anyone by running around disguised as a SS officer on a costume party. Everyone's shocked and afraid and that was it. I hardly think Prince Harry was trying to convey some ideas on a costume party...
I'm bothered by stupid little girls singing stupid little songs and - as uneducated as they are - thinking that they have the right to glorify mass-murder and mass-murderers, war mongers and *excuse* them! Those are dangerous.
Comedy is meant to reduce fear but leave the horrible truth unharmed.
Let's get rid of our fears, face the truth, let's tell them that, yeah, horrible things have been going on, let's tell them why this ideas are so dangerous, but let's also tell them that it's not one man alone. It's never one man alone. In the end it's the sum of the desicions people made.
I know, the only thing you can learn from history is that you can't or won't. But personally I know that my desicions can change the world, as well as any other can. That's why we need to contemplate whatever we do and face the consequences.

I won't fear the past and I won't deny it.
( Have you seen my meds? )
planetkiller: tardis loveplanetkiller on January 16th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
One of my favourite shows is Hogan's Heroes. And right now they're fighting over getting the sixth season released on DVD, partially because it takes place in Nazi Germany (and partially because of Bob Crane's sexuality). It reminds me of something my omi says, "If you can laugh at a thing, you take it's power over you."
the oncoming whirlwind: me: I don't care to explain...scap3goat on January 17th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
Mind if I borrow that last line on some occasions?
planetkiller: santa and his elfplanetkiller on January 17th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Sure! It's not like she's the only person to ever say it. :)
noctuabundanoctuabunda on January 17th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
yep, absolutely right.
(However, Dani Levy's movie itself was a bit problematic for me. I totally agree with Helge Schneider on what he said about it. Have you seen it yet?)
the oncoming whirlwind: tos: mcspock - sleeping beautyscap3goat on January 17th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen it so far, sadly.
Don't think I'll have the time either. I don't know what I should make of the comments on it.
noctuabundanoctuabunda on January 17th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
Saw it yesterday. Wasted money, in my opinion. There were a couple of good scenes, but I had seen them all in trailers and clips before...