Turkish shampoo ad featuring Hitler taken down following public protest

13-second TV spot for Biomen shampoo shows black-and-white footage of the Nazi leader at a political rally; ad agency head: commercial meant to mock, not praise Hitler.

A Turkish shampoo commercial featuring footage showing Adolf Hitler giving a speech was taken off the air on Wednesday, following protests by the local Jewish community.

The 13-second television spot for Biomen shampoo shows black-and-white archival footage of the Nazi leader at a political rally. Dubbed in Turkish, he shouts that men should not use women’s shampoo.

“Using Hitler, whose brutal ideology caused the deaths of millions of people, in a commercial in order to be different or create awareness (of a product) is unacceptable,” a statement posted on Istanbul’s chief rabbinate’s website said on Monday.

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By Haaretz and Reuters

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