Thailand Hitler Banner: Superhero Depiction Prompts Apology

    July 15, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Thailand has come under fire this week after photos of a superhero banner depicting Adolf Hitler went viral, causing backlash.

Students at Chulalongkorn University painted Hitler alongside Superman, Captain America, and Batman on a banner outside the art school in a tribute to this year’s graduating class. School officials said it was painted by “ignorant students” who didn’t realize the artwork would offend anyone.

“[We] would like to formally express our sincere apology for our students’ ‘Superhero’ mural,” art school dean Suppakorn Disatapundhu said in a statement. “I can assure you we are taking this matter very seriously.”

The students said the concept of the poster was to show that both good and bad exist in the world, which is why Hitler was done in shades of black and white rather than in vibrant color, like the rest of the subjects.

“They told me the concept was to paint a picture of superheroes who protect the world,” the dean said. “Hitler was supposed to serve as a conceptual paradox to the superheroes,” he said. “This kind of thoughtless display will not happen again.”

The banner has been taken down after being on display for two days.

Image: Simon Wiesenthal Center

  • Name

    In a way it is kind of appropriate. Behind those symbols of Americana, stands Hitler. During WWII, many american companies did business with the Third Reich.

    Hugo Boss.
    Bayer – funded and helped with Josef Mengele’s “experiments”
    Siemens – built and provided the gas for the extermination chambers
    Coca-Cola, specifically Fanta (actually created for the nazis).
    Standard Oil.
    Chase bank.
    Random House publishing.

    For the full article on this go to: http://www.11points.com/News-Politics/11_Companies_That_Surprisingly_Collaborated_With_the_Nazis

    • Steve B

      Interesting… but where do you see any of those brands in the banner?

  • Steve B

    All fictional superheros + Hitler? How in the world did they come up with that combo?

    That’s beyond ignorant.

  • Gregory Farowich

    Thailand declared war on america & england on Jan. 25, 1942 & never signed a surrender agreement due to a coverup by the american government. The thai government backed the nazis in world war 2 so why is it surprising to see the banner of Adolf Hitler at Chulalongkorn university.

  • Martin Bowen

    Stop harassing the Thai people. And why is depicting Hitler offensive?
    He was just like any other statesman in history. Do you really think he was any different than any other politician?
    The only difference is that he didn’t suck up to the jews, instead he stuck it to them. And that, of course, you are not supposed to do.
    The Germans, Japanese and Thai are wonderful people. Something you will never be able to say about those jews who corrupt the whole world.