Tuesday 20 August 2019

New York subway cars are plastered in Nazi symbols as part of advertising campaign

Subway passengers travel in one of the 'The Man in the High Castle' carriages
Subway passengers travel in one of the 'The Man in the High Castle' carriages Credit:Twitter/byKatherineLam
The Nazi eagle and Japanese rising sun can be seen. Credit: Twitter/byKatherineLam

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Symbols associated with World War II nations Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan are currently adorning a number of train cars on the New York Subway.

The imagery is part of an advertising campaign by Amazon to promote its new TV series, The Man in the High Castle, with the ads currently appearing on buses, subway trains and online.

The plot line of the show involves the 'Axis Powers' — Germany, Italy and Japan — defeating the allies in World War II, resulting in modern America being ruled by Nazi Germany and imperial Japan.

The subway ads feature an insignia similar to the Nazi eagle, as well as a slight variation of the Rising Sun flag used by Japanese imperial forces.

An emblem that resembles the much feared Nazi iron cross also features in the subway carriages.

The ad campaign is running on the shortest subway line in the city, 42nd Street.

Meanwhile one ad adorning the side of a bus shows a Manhattan Street draped with Nazi flags.

Another ad online features the Statue of Liberty giving a Nazi salute.

The imagery has resulted in a Twitter backlash with users expressing their shock and surprise that such symbols would be used.

Twitter user BlackPete said: "I get that they're promoting a TV show, but that subway car decked out in Nazi German and Imperial Japanese imagery really creeps me out."

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said it had reviewed the ad and "determined it does not violate any of the content-neutral ad standards that our board adopted earlier this year", spokesperson Adam Lisberg told New York Magazine.

The MTA earlier this year voted to ban "political" advertising from the city's bus and subway system.

"Creative advertising people are always coming up with new ways to get attention for their products. That's why they're in advertising," Mr Lisberg said.

The MTA said it had received one complaint about the ad.

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