Turns Out, New Yorkers Don’t Love Commuting On Subways Decorated With Nazi Insignias

Earlier this week, commuters on the Shuttle train between Times Square and Grand Central in Manhattan were stunned to discover subway cars plastered with symbols from Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. No, Donald Trump hadn’t come up with some new marketing strategy for his presidential campaign — but the MTA had agreed to an advertising campaign for Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” which is about a world in which Germany and Japan had been victorious during World War II.

What’s interesting is that after commuters complained, the MTA maintained that the campaign did not violate their content-neutral ad standards. These are the same standards that were apparently not met by the brand Thinx, which had their ad campaign for menstruation underwear rejected by the MTA last month, on the grounds that the ads were “too racy” for the subway. So, in other words, the MTA was totally cool with forcing the city’s large Jewish and Asian immigrant populations to look at imagery associated with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, but ads related to menstruation are too sexually repulsive for public consumption.

Anyway, surprise, surprise, because context is everything when you’re dealing with emblems of fascist regimes, straphangers did not like having their already crowded commute further soiled by the impossible-to-ignore decor. After being inundated with complaints, Amazon ended up pulling the campaign earlier today. [Buzzfeed]

[Photo: Ann Toback]