Coreana, a Korean skincare company, thought it the height of cool to run an ad. campaign with a Nazi theme - including SFX of a Nazi rally and artillery fire. The spot shows Korean actress Park Jin-hee sporting a military uniform complete with a Nazi-style cap. With the slogan -
"Even Hitler didn't have the East and West"
Korad, the Seoul agency that produced this naff ad, said the concept was a Nazi soldier and Hitler symbolized "revolution" in keeping with the lotion's "revolutionary" moisturizing and calming effects. What-the-fuck?
Apparently the trite slogan is meant to emphasize the product's dual functions - you know...moisturizing and calming. Huh? "Even Hitler didn't have the East and West". Maybe they're trying to say something about fighting a war on two fronts?
The ad has been pulled after protests by the Israeli Embassy and The Simon Wiesenthal Center.
The Center last year protested a similar incident with anti-Semitic imagery in a popular Korean comic book series. In both the comic book and cosmetics ad controversies, Rabbi Cooper also offered to work with Korean partners to educate the Koreans about the Nazi era.
So the Koreans are to be re-educated and the creative team has been sent to the gas chambers.
Video below -
Seems the Koreans have long had a fascination with the Nazis. Read this TIME article from 2000
A small photo of Adolf Hitler adorns the entrance to the "Fifth Reich", an upscale watering hole in Seoul's Shinchon university district. A larger picture of the Führer hangs across from the bar, where waiters and waitresses with swastika arm badges mix drinks that have names like "Adolf Hitler"and "Dead." Young people chat at booths surrounded by statues of golden eagles, romanesque columns and large glass display cases of SS insignia. Nazi pins and Iron Crosses are on sale beside the cash register. It almost looks like a quiet shrine to the man who sent 6 million Jews to their deaths in the Holocaust. But this isn't a neo-Nazi hangout. Some of the patrons aren't even quite sure who Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were. Others, like regular patron Chung Jae Kyung, 22, are aware of the evil the Nazis did but not especially moved by it. "I don't hate them, I don't like them," says Chung, a neatly dressed English-lit student with an easy smile. "But at least they dressed well".
Yeah...at least they dressed well.
And here's reports of further Nazi-themed bars -
The "Hitler Techno Bar and Cocktail Show," located in a main shopping and entertainment area in the southern port city of Pusan, displays photographs of Adolf Hitler as well as a flag, napkins and matchboxes with the swastika symbol. The "Gestapo" pool hall is in a suburb of Taegu, southeast of Seoul and has similar decor.
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