Sicilians See Red Over Pink Hitler Billboards

Ad offensive to our sensibilities: politicians

By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff

Posted May 21, 2010 2:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – Giant billboards with Adolf Hitler wearing a pink uniform and a red heart in place of the swastika on his armband is driving Italians crazy. "Change Style—Don't Follow Your Leader," say the ads for a clothing line plastered in Palermo. A spokeswoman for the ad agency said the intent was to "ridicule Hitler in a way that invites young people to create their own style and not to be influenced by their peers." But locals are furious, reports the Telegraph.

"Having Hitler's face on a poster cannot be passed off as an innocent advertising message," said an angry politician. "The use of an image of a person responsible for the worst chapters of the last century is offensive to the sensitivities of citizens." The next campaign will feature Mao Tse Tung.

Latest pitchman for youth clothing line.   (?cliff1066™)
Not in the pink.   (AP Photo)
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