Shalom Life | March 31, 2015

‘Gangnam Style’ Hitler Parody Even Makes Jews Laugh [VIDEO]

Is the Jewish New Year an appropriate time to release Nazi viral videos?

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: September 19th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

‘Gangnam Style’ Hitler Parody Even Makes Jews Laugh [VIDEO]

South Korean YouTube sensation, Psy, and his dance hit ‘Gangnam Style’ have accumulated over a whopping 200 million hits online. Similar to the ‘Call Me Maybe’ craze, dozens of covers, parodies, and videos featuring the song have been created the world round. The most recent parody to hit the web features a mash up between ‘Gangnam Style’ and Hitler, played by Swiss actor, Bruno Ganz, from the 2004 film ‘Downfall’.

The video almost makes no sense, depicting Hitler dancing and singing along to Psy’s song, but the controversial subject matter is generating online debate; are viral videos getting out of hand? Is this mash-up offensive? Is it even funny?

The Hitler parody was first posted on Reddit, and quickly made the front page of the open video discussion forums. Conversations ranged from the videos purpose to users questioning the translation of Ganz’s German lines and their relation to Psy’s lyrics.

One user named ‘Aschebescher’, wrote, "The samples they used start somewhere mid sentence or are cut off mid sentence. It doesn't make much sense if you understand the German language."

The overall conclusion is that the parody’s creator, ‘Yuanjin8899’ did not mean to offend, and was just looking for a few laughs… but can Hitler be funny? What if his dialogue is perfectly in time with ‘Gangnam Style’s’ beat? One Jewish Reddit user thinks so.

“I’m a Jew, and this just made my new year. L’Shana Tova folks,” wrote Reddit user ‘thegeneralstrike’.

Watch the video and you tell us. Is this funny?

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