WTF! Marketing Madness: Hitler, Mussolini and Mao as Spokespeople…

WTF! Marketing Madness: Hitler, Mussolini and Mao as Spokespeople…

World War II, begun by Adolph Hitler with the dream of a Reich which would last for a thousand years, resulted in the deaths of an estimated 50 million people!

Yet, this maniacal madman is used for advertising and marketing purposes:

Yes, those who wear fur are certainly as bad as someone who meticulously planned annihilation and cruelty on a scale never before seen!

Please buy a hat from us! Courtesy of the great folks at “Hut Weber!”


Check out the lovely “Hitler Dean,” an Adolph Hitler/James Dean get-up from South African clothing retailer CNA.

A recent Belgian ad for a cooking show! Not very “tasteful!” The ad was met by public outrage…the show was boycotted and eventually canceled.

Having pre-marital sex ladies? You’re dating the Fuhrer! So says The Coalition for Abstinence Education!

Mao Zedong, Chinese Leader, Revolutionary and Dictator, through his collectivizations, forced famines and political purges known as “The Great Leap Forward,” caused the deaths of between 50-70 million people.

Yet, his likeness is used to sell:

Citroen was forced to apologize for this one!

Galaxy 92, Where Madmen Rock!

A LOVELY shirt! I’m sure millions of Chinese who lost family would love this!

Great hats…come in all sizes. Buy one today from a UK retailer and say with pride: “Viva la Revolucion!”

Bennito Mussolini was the Founder of Italian Fascism, leading his country into WWII as an Axis ally of Nazi-Germany and Imperial Japan:

Oh, what a cute dolly! I’ll take three for my kids!

Mussolini Value T-shirt

Comes in all sizes, order today!

Buy this lovely apron and see what wonderful fascist plans you can “cook up!”

“You ate a steak last night!?! You EVIL BASTARD!” From those whacky folks at PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals!


Seems that when marketing, marketers and dictators make very strange bed-fellows!

When looking for a business spokesperson, be careful who you choose! What might seem funny, quirky or clever, might just piss a lot of people off!

Whether it’s an evil dictator or anything else controversial, watch out who or what you associate your brand with. It might just come back to bite you!

“WTF”  are people thinking?



Yonatan Maisel is a business blogger and author. He started a business blog one year ago. 90% of his new clients now find their way to him as a direct result of having read one or more posts. He is a regular contributor at and
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One Response to WTF! Marketing Madness: Hitler, Mussolini and Mao as Spokespeople…

  1. Susan Oakes says:

    Hi Yoni,

    This is one of the ongoing problems in choosing spokespeople. The person must be credible, relevant and have some connection with the target market.

    Do you know when these ads where made?


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