If you’re not walking around with your eyes stapled shut and your ears clogged with molten wax, you’re probably familiar with the Hitler meme based off the German film Downfall. Utilizing a clip from the movie where Hitler’s been informed that essentially, yeah, they’re all doomed and in a few days Berlin’s going to be a smoking crater, Hitler flips out and starts swearing everyone. The meme replaces the original subtitles (yes, the film itself is in German) with attacks on pop-culture, sports, Hillary Clinton, etc. (Personally, my favorite is the Risk one).
I mean, there was a time when you couldn’t go anywhere on YouTube without tripping over a Hitler meme.
But they’re disappearing. Because Constantin Films (Downfall‘s owner) doesn’t find them funny:
However, the film’s producers have failed to see the funny side, and Constantin films is now mounting a campaign to assert its copyright and have the clips removed from the site.
This is wrong for two reasons.
One – would you even know what Downfall was without the Hitler meme? I wouldn’t! But because of the Hitler meme, I stuck it on my Netflix queue, watched it, and quite enjoyed it. Free publicity, you guys! Free!
Two – well, I’m actually going to let a Hitler meme make my point for me:
Even thought it’s a parody.
Even though that’s really not Hitler.
Even though I agree with everything he’s saying … *
… it’s really disturbing to have an actor playing Hitler defending a cause you believe in (even though, really, it’s the guy writing the subtitles).
*”saying” = “subtitling”