Hitler as the face of AIDS
A new AIDS awareness-commercial, released last week online in Germany, uses a strong and familiar image to give a face to the AIDS virus. Adolf Hitler appears as a woman’s lover in the spot that reads “AIDS is a mass murderer.” It’s a ballsy move, that the organization Rainbow is willing to take. Jan Schwertner, their spokesman told TIME “AIDS is a forgotten issue in Germany. It’s been swept under the carpet. This shock campaign is necessary to get people thinking again.”
Not everyone agrees. Many other AIDS organizations are decrying the ads as being insensitive to Holocaust survivors (shades of the recent WWF 9/11 ad controversy) and say that it is unfair to equate HIV positive people with murderers. But the ads took to TV today regardless. Other villains depicted in the ads include Stalin and Saddam Hussein.
Watch the video here.