Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Representin Deutschland



My random comment on Volkswagons got me thinking about those new VW commercials 'Un-pimp my ride'. What I mainly find interesting is that despite my loathing for the actual car involved, and the concept in general a.k.a. 'hood-ification'... I am intrigued
by the commercial. It's the 'pop' of it.

http://www.consumerist.com/consumer/ads/new-vw-ads-in-da-haus-156737.php

With Frauline Helga (seriously!) and a Swede playing a German playing a stereotype in 'da haus'...I feel oddly compelled to laugh - but why? And am I laughing at the 'all Germans are mad scientists' stereotype? Come to think of it, I've never seen a non-German mad scientist. Strangely, I also feel oddly compelled to sing the theme song to Hogan's Heroes.

Which by the way, is a hit in Germany. They just replace the Heil Hitlers with things like 'Heil Bananas'...which in all honesty, is a lot more interesting to visualize. And a bit mad.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, do I know you? You, like, a writer or something?

Tracy Lynn said...

It's funny, because you never really think of Germans being zany, for some reason. Intelligent, dutiful, serious, etc, but not really zany.
Although they had their moments with that last election.

Schrodinger's Kitten said...

the German side in me wants to say - "Hey! Those Germans are totally zany! Look at the fact they love David Hasselhoff!" But the Welsh side of me says "Shut up you idiot, do you want people to know you liked Knight Rider?".

Schrodinger's Kitten said...

Anonymous...hmm..that you Kristen? Rob? Jamie? Dennis? Jeff? I think the commas give you away.

Tracy Lynn said...

Dude, I'm part Welsh, too...and German...hmmm.

Cheryl said...

Oh my god, Tracy Lynn and Sara--you're long lost cousins or something!

Hans said...

Hey Schrodinger's Kitten,

Found you on self-portrait day.

Nice to see a blog out there with some witty writing. What's up with the anxiety thing, though? Reeelax!

Egan said...

time to unpimp your auto... oh snap!

I love these ads big time. I do sort of work for VW indirectly though, so I could be a tad biased.