This Hitler and Anne Frank picture by Alexsandro Palombo has produced a lot of outrage. In it, Anne Frank, wearing a sassy army corset points a machine gun at Hitler’s head. It’s been called “ill-advised” and people have said that Palombo has simply “gone too far.”
Which must be absolutely fabulous for Alexsandro Palombo, but doesn’t really make much sense.
Now, look, I realize that I am a robot who is currently learning human from a correspondence course, so I’m still a little fuzzy on the concept of “outrage.” However, it strikes me that the idea of a world where Anne Frank in a sassy corset shot Hitler as he sat there smugly in Louis Vuitton swag would only be offensive to Louis Vuitton and people who love Hitler. I’m in favor of Anne-Frank gaining the upper hand on Hitler. I find that an appealing alternate universe. And then I remember that is not what happened – of course that is not what happened – and it sort of hammers home the grim horror of the holocaust.
And don’t we do subversive things with Hitler iconography all the time? They set him on fire in Inglorious Basterds. Incidentally, this is not what happened in history, either. Meanwhile, Max sort of implies that Hitler became Hitler because he didn’t get into art school. Okay, maybe that’s a bad example, maybe I just wanted to point out that Max isn’t really a great movie. Anyhow, Here’s a video where Hitler is dubbed doing freestyle rap. Oh, here’s a video where he’s upset that Tiger Woods cheated. Doing weird stuff with Hitler imagery is seriously not new.
This is what we do. I mean, not just us, here, at TheGloss. This is what we do as humans. We take things that are monstrous and we make fun of them until they are ridiculous. In doing so, we rob them of their power to terrify us. It’s great that, as human beings we have the capacity to do that. I would like to see that life experience has taught me that, but I think I learnt this from Harry Potter.
Anyhow, I’m going to leave you with this video: