Hugely Offensive Ad Declares Apple is Hitler [Image]

Hugely Offensive Ad Declares Apple is Hitler [Image]

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Jia Yueting, billionaire CEO founder of Chinese video site Leshi TV, has declared Apple as Hitler in an offensive ad posted to his Weibo page. The ad features Adolf Hitler wearing a red armband with the Apple logo in place of the Nazi swastika, notes The Verge.

Hugely Offensive Ad Declares Apple is Hitler [Image]

The poster's text reads "Crowdsourced, Freedom vs. Arrogance, Tyranny". Yueting's Weibo post argues that Apple is stifling innovation and harming the interests of users.

"Under the arrogant regime of iOS domination that developers around the world love yet hate, we are always carefully asking, 'is this kind of innovation okay?'" writes Yueting. He goes on to say that Apple is a "dusk empire" — a metaphor for something which is dying — while the image depicts two contrasting paths for the industry. The outline of the phone in the background with open doors matches leaked images of LeTV's upcoming LeTV X900 smartphone.

Whether you agree with Yueting's criticisms or not, the comparison of Apple to a dictator responsible for World War II, the Holocaust, and the death of more than 50 million people is inexcusable. It's quite shocking that a company would use this type of imagery in its marketing material. Ironically, the tight security measures implemented in iOS likely protect the privacy of many Chinese citizens from the country's communist dictatorship.

Apple has yet to comment on the ad. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.

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Hugely Offensive Ad Declares Apple is Hitler [Image]
gaurav - March 28, 2015 at 12:56am
ironic Chinese article talking about freedom!apple is not forced you to do something
NoGoodNick - March 27, 2015 at 10:06pm
It doesn't take much brains to compare anything to Hitler, as everyone does it to denote anything at all they disagree with. Don't like the new watermelon flavored potato chips? Don't simply avoid them, instead declare the companies CEO the newest Hitler. Such accusations are mindless and reveal a complete absence of creativity.
1maxuk - March 27, 2015 at 9:55pm
Well spotted. Yes it's rude. The advert is very immature.
1maxuk - March 27, 2015 at 9:47pm
I was both born and educated in China. In these images no Apple or iPhone was mentioned. We read too deep. If they were comparing Apple to Hitler I still could not see anything wrong. They only use Hitler as a symbol of closeness.
Nat - March 27, 2015 at 9:52pm
The logo is the red wristband. It's a disgrace. Apple is the exact opposite of hitlet. Instead of killing, Apple helped the world. Instead oblivioning stuff, Apple rebuild and improves places. The guy who made this is what defies hitlet. Comparing an innocent creative company that has shaped our world for years to this?cthey have no soul.
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