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Nazi Gnomes Will Rule The World!

By Wyatt Earp | July 20, 2009

56315520What do you get when you take a cute, little, golden gnome and reinvent him in the image of the Nazis?

Well, take an educated guess.

A German artist is under fire for crafting garden gnomes that appear to be giving the Nazi salute. Apparently, they don’t appreciate “creativity” like that in Germany anymore. Go figure.

BERLIN – German prosecutors in Nuremberg have launched an investigation into whether an artist’s gold-coloured gnome giving a stiff-armed Hitler salute violates the country’s strict laws against the use of Nazi symbols.

The gnome, standing 35 centimetres (14 inches) tall, is one of 700 made by German artist Ottmar Hoerl that were displayed in Belgium and Italy. Nuremberg prosecutors are investigating after a complaint to local police, said spokesman Wolfgang Traeg.

“We’ve asked both the artist and the gallery owner to explain what the intention is,” said Traeg, spokesman for the Nuremberg prosecutors. “It’s not a crime if it can be proved that the artist was being critical of the Nazis.”

Well, if nothing else, it is good to know that America isn’t the only country losing its collective mind.

Giving the outlawed Hitler salute or using Nazi symbols is a crime in Germany punishable by up to three years in prison.

Hoerl, who also created the giant blue and yellow euro symbol that was erected in front of the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt in 2001, said he was astonished by the fuss about his bearded dwarfs.

“I’d have been executed by the Nazis if I had portrayed the ‘super race’ as gnomes in 1942,” the 59-year-old German artist was quoted telling Stern magazine’s online edition. (H/T – )

Good point. I don’t remember Hitler being too fond of dissent, and I certainly don’t remember him tolerating people comparing his “master race” to garden gnomes.

It’s a shame, too, because this would be a terrific advertising idea for Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome.

I’m just sayin’.

Topics: WTF? | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “Nazi Gnomes Will Rule The World!”

  1. Old NFO Says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Well, they ARE pretty hard over about ANY Nazi symbolism… I’m pretty sure the artist knew that up front, so he’s playing dumb…

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Old NFO – Just like every politician who says or does something stupid.

  3. yochanan ben avrohom Says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    personally i thooght this was rather funny and a total put down of the nazi’s idea of super race.

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Yochanan – Agreed. People have to relax a little bit.

  5. Insolublog Says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Steal underpants …. ??? …. Thousand years of World Domination.

  6. Jon Brooks Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Is that Gnome Chomsky?

    “Ohhh give me a gnome..where the buffalo roooam..”

    A gnome a day keeps Goebbels away.

    What the artist was thinking is ungnome.

    (For you mathematicians out there) You cant solve a 3 variable equation with only 1 ungnome..gnome.

    ARRRGGHH..Damn you Wyatt..get these gnomes out of my head!!!

  7. Doghouse Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Would it change things if he weren’t holding up all of his fingers?

  8. Randal Graves Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I’d buy one.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Insolublog – 1. Get underpants. 2. Undetermined . . .

    Jon – Comments of the week!

    Doghouse – He could be a Supreme. “Stop . . . in the name of love!”

    Randal – You would have a dozen of them on your front lawn.

  10. Insolublog Says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Yeah. It’s a South Park thing between friends.