Hitler Reacts To #GamerGate

Just when you think a meme has been run into the ground...

Ah, good old "Hitler reacts" videos. They've been around for five years, believe it or not, and they seem - sadly - to be the main legacy of the excellent Der Untergang (known in the US as Downfall), Oliver Hirschbiegel's extraordinary movie about HItler's final days*. 

There have been good ones, there have been lots of really, really bad ones. Often they're sort of weird, in that Hitler is usually reacting as our surrogate - he's saying the right things! It's funny because he's correct but maybe overreacting! - which kind of makes Der Fuhrer a guy we like. 

Which is why I love this latest one, which positions Hitler as... a #GamerGate supporter. It's perfect. It's hilarious. It's cutting. It's reclaiming Hitler for evil. 

* Hirschbiegel is okay with it. In a 2010 interview he said:
 

Someone sends me the links every time there’s a new one… I think I’ve seen about 145 of them! Of course, I have to put the sound down when I watch. Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and I’m laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn’t get a better compliment as a director.

 

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