Hitler chicken joint renews focus on 'Nazi chic' Thailand - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Hitler chicken joint renews focus on 'Nazi chic' Thailand

Posted: Updated:
An unaccredited photo tweeted by a travel author months ago brought back to the surface the ‘Nazi chic’ of Thailand. (Source: Twitter/Andrew Spooner) An unaccredited photo tweeted by a travel author months ago brought back to the surface the ‘Nazi chic’ of Thailand. (Source: Twitter/Andrew Spooner)
Images of the Nazi Germany leader are popular among the youth of Thailand. (Source: German Federal Archives/Wikimedia Commons) Images of the Nazi Germany leader are popular among the youth of Thailand. (Source: German Federal Archives/Wikimedia Commons)
KFC is not happy with its beloved Colonel Sanders' image being linked to Hitler. (Source: LeSEA Broadcasting/MGN Online) KFC is not happy with its beloved Colonel Sanders' image being linked to Hitler. (Source: LeSEA Broadcasting/MGN Online)
  • StrangeMore>>

  • Gold thief offers to pay for pilfered nugget

    Gold thief offers to pay for pilfered nugget

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:47:49 GMT
    A man who took a nearly $5,000 gold nugget from a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store offered to pay for it two days after his face appeared in photos distributed by the media.
    A man suspected of walking out of a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store with a gold nugget worth nearly $5,000 developed a conscience and paid for it - after his image was distributed by police through a "crime stoppers" program.
  • Tortoises in controversial art exhibit removed

    Tortoises in controversial art exhibit removed

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:27:46 GMT
    Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial Aspen, Colorado, art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather.
    Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial Aspen, Colorado, art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather.
  • Maine lobsterman catches rare blue lobster

    Maine lobsterman catches rare blue lobster

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:27:45 GMT
    A Maine lobsterman says one of his traps caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.
    A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

    Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:08:03 GMT
    A senior Pakistani militant figure says he and several of his associates have split from the Pakistani Taliban and formed their own group, inspired by the Afghan Taliban and their fight against U.S. troops in...
    Several militant commanders and their followers have split from the Pakistani Taliban, the second group this year to part ways with the umbrella organization in a move that analysts said Wednesday would further weaken the...
  • Keaton hailed in Venice Film Fest opener 'Birdman'

    Keaton hailed in Venice Film Fest opener 'Birdman'

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:58:20 GMT
    A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes.
    Well before the turn of the millennium, Michael Keaton was the first 21st-century superhero.
  • UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

    UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:51:03 GMT
    The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.
    The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting them has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent U.N....

(RNN) – Some kids in Thailand apparently need an extensive course in world history, with a concentration on World War II.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is irked that its logo was intertwined with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at a chicken restaurant in Thailand.

The restaurant, called Hitler, featured the famous profile of Colonel Sanders with Hitler's head atop the Colonel's shoulders.

"We 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," a Yum! spokesman, the parent company of KFC, told the Huffington Post.

Travel writer Andrew Spooner tweeted a snapshot of the storefront in late May, and it went viral.

"Very bizarre – Hitler Fried Chicken shop in Thailand. I kid you not. Complete with pic of Hitler in bow tie," Spooner said in the May 28 tweet.

Spooner said he did not take the photo, and simply shared it.

The Bangkok Post, reported that the restaurant is located in Ubon Ratchathani – 377 miles away from Bangkok, and has changed its name to "H-ler" and now has a different sign. The Bangkok Post also said the photo was taken in 2011.

This is the latest in a rash of Hitler and Nazi themed controversies.

CNN first profiled what is called the "Nazi-chic" culture among teens and young adults in Thailand in February 2012. Images of Hitler have been displayed on anything, anywhere in Bangkok, Thailand's capital – as Teletubbies with a swastika as an antenna, on panda bears with a Nazi armband and Adolph McHitler is a character that resembles Ronald McDonald.

Also included are T-shirts, backpacks and teens who dress up as Nazi soldiers, or as Hitler himself.

In 2007, according to CNN, students at a Thai school dressed up for a Nazi costume parade. The Thai ambassadors of Israel and Germany were infuriated in 2009 when a billboard promoting a wax figure of Hitler in a Bangkok wax museum read, "Hitler is not dead."

In 2012, a clothing store in India enraged Indian Jews when a storeowner named his business "Hitler." Business owner Rajesh Shah told the International Business Times that he did not know of Hitler's atrocities and named the store after a nickname given to "his partner's grandfather."

In early 2012, investors in Poland sought partners to open a tourist attraction in one of Hitler's main WWII war compounds – The Wolf's Lair.

The U.S. had an unintentional controversy in late May, when a J.C. Penny billboard in Culver City, CA, featured a teapot that kind of, sort of looked like Hitler.

Thailand's infatuation with the Nazi leader has been a turnoff for many tourists, but a Thai educator said the Hitler, Nazi-chic fad stems from ignorance, not malice.

"It's a lack of exposure to history," Bangkok high school teacher Harry Soicher told CNN. "If you don't live in Thailand, you may find it hard to believe they really mean no harm."

Follow me on Twitter @TanitaG_RNN.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.