Just when you think you've seen it all, here comes some seriously blood-boiling crazy out of Bangkok, Thailand: A fried chicken restaurant called Hitler is using a KFC-like emblem on their storefront that features Adolf Hitler's head instead of Colonel Sanders'. What. The. Hell?!
Obviously, as soon as KFC caught wind of this insanity, their spokesman noted that they find it "extremely distasteful and are considering legal action since it is an infringement of our brand trademark and has nothing to do with us." Thank goodness! Fingers crossed they do everything they can to take this eatery down, because geeze, someone has to!
A local named Alan Robertson spoke with The Daily Mail reported of his experience with the restaurant:
The place opened last month and nobody quite knows what to make of it. I went in for a bite last week and got some fried chicken, which was pretty good, and asked the guy behind the counter why it was called Hitler. He just shrugged his shoulders and said the owners had thought it was good image.
Are you kidding me?! When it comes to something like a tea kettle that strangely resembles Hitler, it's easier to turn a blind eye. But THIS is NOT okay. What's more, it's reportedly part of a greater Thai trend called "Hitler chic." Yep, suddenly it's fashionable there to wear t-shirts sporting cartoon images of the Fuhrer or to wear a Nazi costume. I don't care that we're not talking about a place where the atrocities of the Western front of WWII's hit closer to home. NOWHERE in the world should it be acceptable to glorify a fascist dictator who killed more than 12 million human beings less than 70 years ago.
There's only so much we can do to quiet this bizarre, disturbing trend, but at least we can take heart that American businesses like KFC will have something to say when local Thai businesses co-opt and "Hitler-ize" their trademarks. UGH!
What do you make of this?
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