A logical fallacy that assumes that anything done or liked by a bad person must be bad itself.
The premise seems to be that bad people must have a way to tell if something is evil. Either that, or bad people are repulsed by anything that isn't at least as evil as they are. Whatever the reason, bad people magically will only associate with things that are bad. Therefore people claim a thing is bad because bad people associate with it.
This is a concept called The Association Fallacy, which often overlaps with Godwin's Law, due to how often Hitler is used for this (also known asReductio adHitlerum).
After all, Hitler has gained the reputation for being the very embodiment of darkest evil, who oozed "pure liquid malevolence" right out of his pores. So, he supposedly would only do/like/own things that are as evil as him. Things like wearing clothes, eating, taking a walk, and breathing. Hitler did those things, but that doesn't make them bad. Hitler is not a reason things are bad.
We don't think mass murder is bad because Hitler, Stalin, or other bad people did them. We think those people are bad because they committed mass murder. In other words, this trope is backwards. A thing being bad stands on its own as bad. It would be like...
Bob: I want to commit genocide.
Alice: The Nazis committed genocide.
Bob: Really? What was I thinking? I can't believe I was going to do something the Nazis did.
This is also one of the reasons why we are often loath to admit that a person who we generally always disagree with may actually be right for once. Someone intimidated by this "argument" may invoke No True Scotsman as a "rebuttal". ("Hitler wasn't a REAL vegetarian.")
Compare Abomination Accusation Attack, the Chewbacca Defense and Godwin's Law. Sub Trope of So Was X and Anti-Advice. Compare also to Real Men Hate Sugar, in which people come to hate something normally considered pleasant due to cultural/gender expectations of what is considered "mature." Usually occurs when people take Not So Different to absurd levels. See also Villains Out Shopping for general cases of evildoers doing innocuous things.
The Trope Namer is the Daria episode "Pinch Sitter", where two kids title character Daria Morgendorfer is babysitting cite the trope's name as a reason why sugar is bad. For the record, though he attempted to stick to a strict diet, Hitler did have a sweet tooth: "His weakness was sugar. Hitler loved fancy cakes and chocolate bars and could eat as much as two pounds of chocolate in a day." Source
"The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food" by Lizzie Collingham
Please note that this page is for examples where X is claimed to be bad due to being done, eaten, read, watched or whatever by demonstrably bad people. It's not for cases where the meaning is more "Look, just because he/she/it does/eats/reads/watches X, doesn't mean he/she/it is a good person.". It's the difference between the fallacious argument "Hitler ate sugar, therefore sugar is bad" and the valid argument "Even Hitler ate sugar. Eating sugar does not automatically make you nice".
The effects of this trope can stretch far into governments and law. Until recently, Richard Wagner's music was unofficially banned in Israel.Guess why?
Opposite of What Would X Do?. Compare to Russia Iran Disco Suck, which is when this argument is more of a petty complaint than an attempt to demonize something innocuous.
Averted in Watchmen, where Rorschach uses the correct logic associated with this trope:
Nite Owl II on how he couldn't believe Adrian was the Big Bad: He's a pacifist, a vegetarian...
Rorschach: Hitler was vegetarian.
In Batman: Fortunate Son. it is retconned that Bruce's parents told him to stop listening to rock and roll on the night that they were killed. Therefore, he comes to the conclusion that rock and roll is evil! Or something like that.
Superboy-Prime constantly mouthing off common fan complaints while committing planetary genocide.
Inverted in the comedy To Be or Not to Be with a running joke. The hero is undercover and talking and joking with a Nazi, Colonel Erndhardt. Erndhardt will mock a feature of his sidekick Schultz (e.g. fastidiousness, vegetarianism, etc.), leading the hero to accuse him of insulting Hitler who had all of these traits.
In Office Space, Peter's "you know, the Nazis had 'pieces of flair' they made the Jews wear." However, the employers in Office Space in fact do utilize totalitarian structures and strategies to keep their workers in line. In this particular example, the flair pieces are part of a Double Bind structure. This doesn't make Peter's argument any less fallible though, and he takes it back to proceed with even more verbal tripping over himself.
Used in Clerks in a scene where a 'Chewley's' gum representative is trying to stir up anti-cigarette sentiment in order to sell gum as a substitute. He tells the protagonist that shopkeepers who sell cigarettes are equal to Nazis because clerks like him are only following orders, and so did the Nazis. This is ironic as the Nazis hated smoking. Granted it's a flawed argument considering he obviously has no choice in what he sells, but his customers are stirred into pelting him with cigarettes anyway.
Used in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope in the argument between David's father and Brandon on the subject of whether "superior" people should have the right to kill inferior ones.
Inverted in Downfall, where the first scene shows Hitler being kind and forgiving to a flustered job applicant. The director was obviously trying to make the point that no one can be evil 24-7, but the usual suspects went nuts, claiming the film was trying to whitewash Hitler. They also failed to notice that Hitler was being kind because the secretary came from a region of Germany he was fond of, demonstrating how he had little interest in people's actual competence compared to their racial purity or national heritage.
This is the reasoning behind the title of Bowling For Columbine. Moore points out that media watchdogs and social commentary pundits were alarmingly quick to point towards all sorts of societal influences that supposedly caused Harris and Klebold's rampage, including video games, bullying, violent movies, and the like. He then questions if they might as well blame the sport of bowling for what happened, as both killers were attending school classes in bowling and played a game the day before the shooting.
Project Itoh played this trope straight in his sci-fi novel Harmony, where a professor connects the book's healthcare-obsessed false Utopia with the Nazis because the Nazis starting looking into ways to cure cancer, being socialists, and being politically correct. Those last two are kind of eye-rollers, but the cancer thing gets especially weird seeing as the author was dying of cancer while writing the book. Wonder what that means.
Itoh probably learned a lot about cancer during his illness, then he needed an explanation for that in-universe professor and wrote what came first to his mind.
Warrior Cats uses a variant with Tigerstar, the series equivalent of Hitler. All apprentices must serve the elders. When apprentice Tawnypaw is slighty late bringing moss to the elder Smallear, Smallear says, "Tigerstar didn't want to serve the elders either when he was an apprentice! You're going to turn out just like him!"
In Death series: Origin In Death reveals that the Icoves and their partner Wilson essentially espoused eugenics. Naturally the opposition played this trope. It stopped them from doing things publicly. Privately, they engaged in cloning, genetic manipulation, and a lot of ugly stuff!
Penn Jillette, in his foreword to Greg Gutfeld's The Bible of Unspeakable Truths, uses this as an argument against believing in God (which he identifies as a major point of disagreement between himself and the author).
One book revealed that several prominent U.S. companies - Ford Motor Company, Texaco Oil, and International Business Machines (IBM) among them - struck deals with Nazi Germany to manufacture the bullets used to kill Allied soldiers. The author then suggests that the people now running those companies be retroactively sued for treason.
Spenser often will comment "Hitler liked dogs" when noting that an otherwise villainous character performed a Pet the Dog.
You know who else didn't answer medical questions? Hitler.
Another time was when a mention was made to Glenn Beck connecting the word "empathy" which was what Barack Obama said America needed more of (or something like that) to Hitler. As Lewis Black said, he'd just connected one of the most positive words in the English language to Hitler and that Glenn Beck had "Nazi Tourettes."
"Oh, can I play? Let's see. Mother Teresa: Mother Teresa had a mustache, Hitler had a mustache. Mother Teresa is Hitler!"
And in what may be his final Glenn Beck riff, on 4/7/2011, Jon Stewart managed to link the announced cancellation of Glenn Beck's show on Fox News to the apocalypse predicted by the Mayans in 2012. "Do we want to live in an America where what we watch is determined by a shadowy mix-and-match collective of so-called 'Nielsen Families'? You know who else had a family that anyone could join? Charles Manson."
Jon brought the author of "Liberal Fascism" (Jonah Goldberg) onto his show and asked him to explain why organic foods are fascist. The author's response? Hitler made his troops eat organic foods (which aren't even "liberal" in the traditional sense, either. Goldberg apparently got "left-wing" confused with "alternative lifestyle").
On the other hand, Colbert did defend Michael Jordan for his recent sporting of a toothbrush mustache in Hanes underwear commercials. This could be because Jordan is black (and, therefore, couldn't possibly be Aryan and thus has, if you will, N Mustache Privileges), although the reason Colbert explicitly gave is that Jordan has a soul patch as well. (Colbert pointed out that if Hitler had had a soul patch too, he'd have looked less like, well, Hitler and more like a beatnik.)
Parodied in John Safran's Music Jamboree, where it explained, in depth, why Dr Seuss books and Cristina Aguilera CDs are bad, because their publishers are owned by a company that "used slave labour" during the Nazi era. (Based on that logic, Ebenezer Scrooge is an evil man because he once hated Christmas.)
John Safran vs God, the titular presenter (who is Jewish) mentions an anecdote from his youth. He was a big fan of the Beastie Boys and to emulate them, got a big Volkswagen logo pendant. This led to his mother ranting about how he was showing support for a product of Nazi Germany.
Rick: Vyvyan, stop being so sexist! They're called breasts and everybody has them.
Vyvyan: Well I don't!
Rick: Yes, and nor did Adolf Hitler.
Saturday Night Live had a parody commercial for a sneaker company where they showed members of the Heaven's Gate suicide cult wearing Nike sneakers, with the implication that if a suicide cult wears them they must be evil.
On Dexter's advice about Cody's school assignment:
Rita's mom:Dexter does drugs. He is wrong.
On Agent Lundy's walking style:
Masuka:That's exactly how Hitler walked.
Inverted on Mad Men. Bert Cooper argues that Roger should stop smoking because it's a sign of weakness, claiming that when Hitler met with Chamberlain in Munich, he made sure it was in an old non-smoking building so that after a few hours Chamberlain would have agreed to anything to get out of there. Roger replies, "All I can get from that story is that Hitler didn't smoke, and I do."
An episode of M*A*S*H sees Hawkeye yelling at a soldier whose deep guilt over a lack of bravery on the battlefield has given him psychological paralysis, on the theory that if the soldier doesn't overcome his guilt now, he never will. When Trapper asks afterward if it was rough, Hawkeye says, "Did you know Hitler and I have the same answering service?"
Inverted on an episode of Late Night With Conan O'Brian several years back, where a skit mentioned news that US tobacco companies were being required by law to start making anti-tobacco ads. One of the "ads" shown on the show involved Himmler walking up to Hitler and offering him a cigar, to which Hitler responded with a quick "Nein!" The ad ended with the tagline: "Be Like Hitler: Don't Smoke!"
Cam and Mitchell on Modern Family point out that Hitler had straight parents when they believe people assume the worst from them for being gay parents.
In an episode of Mad About You, Paul insists in using Nazi comparisons when having arguments with Jamie (mostly about the mayor, for whom she worked), to the point where she claims he would be unable to have a discussion if the Nazis didn't exist.
A Running Gag in the pilot of Freaks and Geeks is Harold Weir constantly knocking down his children's proposals or scolding their behavior with the argument "[Celebrity Name] did that, and you know what happened? They DIED!"
On So Random!, in one skit, in a school presidential debate, Layla points out that she looks good in hats, and Mark responds "You know who else said they looked good in hats? Attila the Hun".
QI discussed the trope at one point, along with Godwin's Law. Stephen Fry is of the opinion that anybody who uses this trope immediately loses whatever argument they were having.
Hitler was massively opposed to fox hunting; he thought it was cruel. And so, he banned it. But for someone to say "Oh well, then, fox hunting must be good!" is just ludicrous.
Detective Delahoy from The Unusuals is supposed to be doing paperwork but refuses and instead hangs at a Chinese restaurant. When his partner confronts him about it, he says that the Nazis did a lot of paperwork.
On Married... with Children, Marcy visits the Bundys with a bunch of political signs to put in their yard, and Bud notices that one reads "Support toxic waste dumps." Marcy explains that if the neighbors see something in their yard, they'll be instantly driven to the opposite.
Because the music of Richard Wagner was so commonly used by the Nazis in their propaganda, fans of Wagner can expect to hear this from the ill-informed when they announce their admiration for Der Ring des Nibelungen. Granted, the situation is more complicated than usual since Wagner himself was anti-Semitic and pushed for a united Germany. Yet, he still died before Hitler was even born. And his only work of music which references his anti-Semitism at all is Parsifal, which the Nazis actually banned for being too pacifistic (since Wagner wanted Jews to convert to Christianity - he was not in favor of genocide). Despite all this, though, if people know one thing about Wagner and his music, it's that he was a "Nazi composer."
According to The Axis Of Awesome song "Do They Know It's Pizza?", Joseph Kony cuts pizzas into 8 slices.
In a Dilbertstrip, Ratbert wins every debate on the Internet by using the argument: "How would you like it if Hitler killed you?" In one of his text books, Scott Adams pointed out you can win any argument by comparing something to Hitler. This works so well, he explains, because Hitler was a surprisingly versatile guy; he did everything from invasions to building autobahns.
There's a That Mitchell And Webb Sound sketch about this sort of thing. There's a debate about killing pizza-flyer delivery guys and one of them reduces all the other's responses to comparisons with Hitler, and the other constantly compares his opponent to Stalin. Which culminates in the exchange:
"You're like Stalin..."
"You are Hitler".
The entire premise behind Richard Herring's "Hitler Moustache" show is that he is reclaiming the toothbrush moustache. He points out that Charlie Chaplin had it first, but it's become evil by association with Hitler.
Lampshaded in a tongue-in-cheek fashion in Bill Bailey's stand-up: asking the audience for famous vegetarians, someone yells out "Hitler!", with Bailey replying: "You're absolutely right, Hitler was a vegetarian. It's very unseemly to think so, but there he was. Just goes to show: vegetarianism - not always a good thing. Can in some extreme cases lead to genocide."
Comedian Andy Kindler says he uses this trope to break up the "Astrological love-fest" between people with the same Zodiac sign (ie. "Hitler was a Sagittarius"). If it isn't true, no one's going to call you out on it. Hitler was a Taurus.
Damnit, TV Tropes! Stop making me think I'm a reincarnation of Hitler!
In a parody of anti-drug PSAs, a Loserz strip demonstrates the evils of pot smoking, finishing off with the assertion that Hitler regularly had a breakfast joint with none other than Satan. Just to drive the point home, the following strip is an equally absurd PSAdefending marijuana, ending with the statement that Jesus smoked pot, so it was obviously good.
"If you're getting tired of all this bacon there's something wrong with your brain! You know who else didn't like too much bacon? Hitler. You don't want to be Hitler, do you? No. He's got stupid hair.
Use and inverted in That Guy With The Glasses' 2-year anniversary special, Kickassia. When Linkara expresses doubts about the invasion, The Nostalgia Critic says (paraphrased): "That's quitter talk. You know who else was a quitter? The Nazis! Are you a Nazi, Linkara? ARE YOU?!" Then he proceeds to deliver a Rousing Speech... about the Nazis. The whole thing ends with this exchange:
Critic: Now, do you want to be a Nazi?
Team TGWTG:(discontented grumbling)
Critic: Or do you want to be A NAZI?!
Lampshaded and parodied in the D&D PHB PSAs by Creative Juices 7 in D&Debate #6 (PSA #39), when Mialee discovers that she's being sued for his mistreatment of Displacer Beasts:
Lilith: Do you know who else made sweaters out of an oppressed species?
Mialee:(pause) ... no?
Mialee: Um, I... yeah, um, Hitler did a lot of bad stuff, but I'm pretty sure you're thinking of Mr. Burns from 'The Simpsons'.
Barty Crouch Sr./Candyman: Good day, it's me the candyman. From now on I am going to come to your school with my food trolley every morning and sell candy. No stupid cheese rolls like in your cafeteria. No, just sweets, sugar... lots of sugar.
Ron: Sugar is evil!
Girl: Sugar makes hyperactive!
The Wesley twins: Hitler ate sugar!
An episode of "Hope Is Emo" had the main character disapprove of babies because Hitler was a baby.
Bill Corbett "Yeah, you know what else was new at one time? Hitler."
Mike Neslon: "Easy there! A bit early in the film to go full Godwin!"
Postal 2 includes a group of protesters whose slogan is "save a tree, burn a book". One of their placards reads "Achtung! Hitler wrote a book!"
Played With in Metal Gear Solid: Snake points out to Otacon that Hitler was a dog lover. He's not actually speaking one way or the other to the morality of being a dog lover, and in fact is a big fan of canines himself. He's merely refuting Otacon's assertion that Sniper Wolf liking dogs is concrete proof that she's a good person.
Luann finally moves out, but her new roommates are stereotypically lazy college students who invoke Godwin's Law whenever anyone attempts to assert any sort of authority over them. For example, when she asks them not to smoke in the house:
Girl Hipster: You know who else was anti-smoking? HITLER!
This didn't pan out when the male roommate made the same accusation against Grandpa Cotton, a grizzled World War II veteran:
"Like nuts do ya? You know who else likes nuts? THE RED SQUIRREL!"
"Your friend there has a big fluffy tail. You know who else has a tail? THE RED SQUIRREL!!"
"Read any good books lately? Read? Red? THE RED SQUIRREL!!!"
Family Guy: Dialogue from a PSA made to make weed illegal again in Quahog
Peter: All right, Carter, I've finished cutting together our anti-pot video. Take a look. (a live-action Adolf Hitler is shown with a cartoon marijuana joint) Adolf Hitler:(in Peter's voice) Hey, I've got a great idea! Let's kill 6 million Jews! German People:(in Carter's voice) Hooray! Yeah! Yeah, I'm on board! How did you come up with that? Adolf Hitler:(in Peter's voice) I got the idea from... from... while... from while I was smoking pot. Anyone else who likes pot, reach for my joint. German People:(in Carter's voice) Oh, there it is. Give us some of that! Adolf Hitler:(in Peter's voice) Ha ha ha! Perhaps later. Now let's go to France and steal all their Objects D'arte! German Soldiers:(in Carter's voice) Yeah, alright! Let's go to France!
Finn: Hey, Ice King seems way into ninjas. Even more than we are. Jake: Yeah, so? Finn: So, doesn't that mean that ninjas must be kinda lame? Jake: Nah, they're still cool. But Ice King's still lame because he hides his ninja love. We wear our ninja on our sleeve!
This trope was pointed out as early as 1944, when George Orwell wrote in What is Fascism? that "It will be seen that, as used, the word 'Fascism' is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, it is used even more wildly than in print." Orwell names a long list of often opposing groups accused of fascism. It would seem that, according to Orwell, almost any group at the time had been accused of fascism by linking it to some policy in Fascist Italy or National Socialist Germany.
Bill O'Reilly used "fascism" exactly as Orwell described in an interview with Richard Dawkins, when he described Dawkins's refusal to accept the validity of intelligent design "fascist". Dawkins had a Flat "What." moment at that.
Hitler's often held up as an example of the inevitable moral bankruptcy of atheism... and as an example of the inherently intolerant and oppressive nature of Christianity. This is actually sort of understandable, since both his public and private statements about religion are so contradictory that it's impossible to figure out what he believed.
Anti-smoking policies are often denounced as Nazi-ist, as the Nazis banned things. Adolf Hitler did indeed disapprove of smoking, and hoped that in his lifetime every cigarette package in Europe would be labeled with a warning message (an idea that has since then become widespread). He also never drank alcohol, citing its effects on the poor families in Austria. Yet, cigarette corporations have also been accused of fascism on at least one occasion, for profiting on the ills of others.
For people who don't like porn, they point out that noted psychos (including, guess who) were sexual deviants. And people who are pro-porn and pro-sex point out how "oppressive" (read: ~evil~) regimes are anti-those-things. (E.g. The Nazis banned contraception/abortion for Aryans and sent the gays to concentration camps)
That criticism actually began during the Nazi rise to power from their critics, mostly because of the gay-friendly nature of the SA until the Night of the Long Knives, eg, former Commander-in-Chief Hammerstein-Equord notoriously called them "gangsters and perverts" (»Verbrecherbande und Schweinigels«.).
Poland had a quite straight example along those lines, a billboarding that said, "Abortion for Poles: introduced by Hitler, March 9, 1943." It is a pretty good example of the problems of playing this trope straight; Germany could put up a poster saying that Hitler banned abortions, because he did for Aryans, while legalizing or even forcing them on others. This seems to make him anti-choice, without being pro-life, a viewpoint not exactly (hopefully) relevant in today's society.
For most Polish women, they did get the ability to choose thanks to Hitler. While they were legalized for all Poles, they were only forced on a minority (usually criminals, disabled, concentration camp inmates, victims of reprisals, etc.) Of course, all this meant is any woman on whom they wanted to force an abortion simply got framed for a crime.
In an attempt to discredit Charles Darwin and evolution, evangelical minister Ray Comfort and actor Kirk Cameron added a special 150th anniversary "introduction" to On the Origin of Species that pointed out "Adolf Hitler's undeniable connection with the theory", among other things. That's what happens when you let things fall into the public domain, we suppose.
This trope was a major problem for the left nationalist movement in Canada during the 1960's. During that time period, Canadians everywhere suffered a major national identity crisis whose finer points are too lengthy to explain in this example (most prominently, there were fears that trade exports with the United States were "contaminating" the country with American lifestyle choices in exchange for a stronger economy), left nationalists reacted by shunning anything and everything American. The debate broke wide open when prominent left nationalist Robin Mathews wrote in the essay "Draft Dodgers and U.S. Imperialism" that American war resisters escaping the Vietnam draft should be refused entry into Canada because, despite holding similar views to many Canadians at the time, they still carried the "stench" of American evil with them. For many people in the left nationalist, acknowledging that Mathews took things too far would mean recognizing that America had redeeming qualities, and thus the movement's absolutist views of anti-Americanism fell apart.
As cited here, the Guardian produced an example that's pushing it even for this trope:
Although the fringe event was carefully stage-managed – terse political lines trotted out and limited time for questions – there was one unfortunate mistake. The basement room in which delegates gathered to hear the controversial Tory allies was in Manchester’s Midland Hotel, a building Hitler is said to have liked so much that he would have made it his northern residence if he had invaded.
The Daily Mail have used Charles Manson's belief in climate change to ridicule the idea. Seriously
The (slightly left-wing) Labour party of the UK tried this kind of argument on the (slightly right-wing) Conservative party by showing a series of billboards featuring the Conservative party leader photoshopped into "Gene Hunt", the sexist, homophobic main character of Life On Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Which might have been a good idea if GeneHunt wasn't the most popular TV character in the country at the time.
In April of 2012, Representative Allen West said that members of the Congressional Progressive Caucaus were members of the Communist Party, because the Communist Party praised some of their policies. Politifact called this "Guilt by Association on steroids."
Dan Savage once pointed out an inversion of this trope. He had advised someone to beware of entering a relationship with a much older man, and a woman married to a much older man sent him a Strongly Worded Letter about how wonderful her own husband was. His response; "My boyfriend is tall, blond, in his thirties, and he's not a cannibal. Going by your logic, we'd have to conclude that Jeffrey Dahmer, who was tall, blond, and in his thirties, wasn't a cannibal either."
A Southern California newsletter (and a fairly reputable one, believe it or not) protested the special 150th-anniversary edition of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel's The Communist Manifesto that was published in 1998. The article accused the book of having caused millions of deaths, and likened its rerelease to a new publishing of Mein Kampf. Which is unfair - Marx and Engels, whatever their flaws as theorists, and however many deaths their ideas caused (with or without their original intentions), were serious-minded researchers who had carefully observed industrial society, not angry war veterans lashing out at imaginary villains.
It should be noted that Mein Kampf has also been republished several times over the years, at least in countries that haven't outright banned it.
This might have been part of the rationale behind various Hollywood celebrities trying to excuse what Roman Polanski did. Most of Polanski's most vocal critics tended to be conservatives and right-wingers and other sorts of people these celebrities despised. Thus, even though most of them undoubtedly knew that what Polanski did was wrong, and despite the fact that many left-winged celebrities (such as Jon Stewart and Bill Maher) condemned what Polanski did, they still felt the impulse to chime in on his side for fear of being associated with "those people."
The late West Virginia senator Robert Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan as a young man. He later regretted the decision and associated with fellow legislators who were strongly anti-Klan, but it didn't matter: anyone who strongly disagreed with either Byrd or one of his senatorial allies could feel free to bring up the Klan connection to tar them both.
It should be noted that Byrd was a Kleagle and Grand Cyclops during his time in the Klan (both higher ranking positions), and that even when he left it he still held staunch views on race, such that he was among the Senate that attempted to block the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In that sense, while Byrd definitely changed his views as time went on, it wasn't like he joined the Klan (just) because the cool people were doing it, nor was he totally innocent of his association to it.
J.R.R. Tolkien was a major proponent of Germanic culture and art, and he once wrote to one of his sons fighting in World War II that he rather wished he was out there fighting as well, given the degree to which Hitler ruined a lot of otherwise valid ideas (like the old Germanic theory of courage) through his association with them.
Any time there's a national tragedy, the killer's hobbies and musical interest are always demonized for having "turned" him into a killer. Video games and hardcore rock/rap are always the first to take the heat. No one ever stops to think that if an adult or adolescent is letting media direct him to commit atrocities, that says more about his mental state than the media itself; anyone who does point this out is ignored.
The company Cerberus Capital Management sold its investments in the "Freedom Group", a collection of various firearms manufacturing companies, simply because one of the companies in said group, Bushmaster, manufactured the rifle that was used in the massacre. In a reversal, consumers are buying assault weapons like it up as fast as they can in expectation of the Clinton-era Assault Weapons Ban coming back into effect.
This article on beliefnet purportedly has a woman who grew up in Nazi Austria "trying to warn America." You know who supported women working outside the home? Hitler!
A popular Pro-gun meme in the US is a quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler concerning the successful banning of privately owned firearms in Germany. One big problem, of course, being that Hitler actually supported private fireams ownership and made a wider range of such weapons legal to obtain. Depending on your ethnic background, of course (unsurprisingly, he was strongly in favor of disarming German Jews). Not that the inverse argument, that private gun ownership being bad because Hitler was in favor of it, would be any more valid.
Furthermore, Hitler actually reversed restrictions on gun ownership imposed by the Weimar Government to comply with the Treaty of Versailles.
Uday Hussein, one of Saddam Hussein's sons, a very cruel and sadistic man who tortured and killed many people through various means, was a big fan of "Air Bud" as several copies of the film were found in his house following the raid that killed him.
All weapons used by the Nazis are hated by most people, even though the SOE actually used silenced Luger P08s and captured MP-40/Schmessier submachine guns were used by resistance groups.
Ian Kershaw, widely considered the expert on Hitler, writes rather contemptuously about a 16-year-old Hitler. Noting that he "lived a life of parasitic idleness — funded, provided for, looked after, and cosseted by a doting mother" and sneers at how "the whole time he daydreamed and fantasized about his future as a great artist. He stayed up late into the night and slept long into the mornings." Now, if the teenager in question weren't named "Adolf Hitler", it sounds suspiciously like a Grumpy Old Man scoffing at "Today's typical, lazy young'uns!"