Action Figure Accused Of Showing German Footballer As Nazi

Action Figure Accused Of Showing German Footballer As Nazi

Kotaku's action figure coverage generally extends to "here is a cool action figure". So excuse this brief interruption to bring you actual news involving an action figure.

Action Figure Accused Of Showing German Footballer As Nazi

So, this is Bastian Schweinsteiger. He's one of the world's best footballers. Captain of the German national team (the current World Champions) and newly-signed midfielder for Manchester United.

Action Figure Accused Of Showing German Footballer As Nazi

This is a new action figure from DiD, a Hong Kong-based company that specialises in historical toys and collectibles. It's a Nazi soldier. It looks a lot like Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Its name is...also Bastian.

Oh dear.

Action Figure Accused Of Showing German Footballer As Nazi

A representative of DiD has told German news outlet Bild that "the resemblance is purely coincidental". Right. Sure. Even down to the name. Not content with fibbing, he then goes and makes things even worse, adding (via The Guardian) "The figure is based on a typical German. We believe that all Germans look like that."

Schweinsteiger's lawyers are reportedly seeking to have sales of the figure halted.

Ulrich Amelung, a media lawyer, told explains his case: "This is a clear violation of Schweinsteiger's personal rights. Every person has the right to their own image. Furthermore the depiction of a swastika-wearing Wehrmacht soldier constitutes gross defamation and offence."


Comments

    Streisand effect 101

      There are some differences to the Streisand case. In that one, she made a bullshit claim that a long distance aerial photo of her house was an invasion of her privacy where no one would have otherwise identified it with her.

      In this case, it seems likely that other people would also make the connection between the toy and Schweinsteiger based on its appearance and name. You've also got a company profiting from this association, which probably makes it more likely that he will win the case.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    That's effin hilarious!

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    Usually we're the ones being told all Asians look the same...

    yeah if it didn't have the name you could maybe say it's a coincidence but they've clearly just taken the first german they knew and modelled it on him.

      Yeah, I'd say they googled som images of German men, and then modelled away.

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