'Nazi chic' is the disturbing trend that has manifested in various ways in Asia.
"Nazi chic..." Two words I never thought in my life would ever be put together, and yet, there they are. Apparently, in Thailand, this is what is in this season, and every other season for that matter, and they can't seem to get enough of it. There seems to be no real reason why it has become such a craze, but it definitely is. How bad is it? Well, in 2011, in the northern city of Chiang Mai, a group of high school students actually showed up to school in homemade Nazi uniforms, complete with swastika armbands and toy guns. Leading them was a teenage girl dressed head to toe in a faux SS uniform, complete with a fake Hitler moustache. Oddly enough, this isn't the first incident where this happened. In 2007, hundreds of students at a Bangkok school staged a Nazi-themed costume parade. Following international outcry, teachers from the school had to apologise and claimed they had no idea that hundreds of students planned to dress up as Nazis for their parade.
One thing I have learnt is that the first people that try to capitalise on young trends is business and Thailand is no exception. A variety of stores are now stacking Nazi apparel. Best sellers are Ronald-McDonald-made-to-look-like-Hitler shirts, as well as Teletubby Hitler.
Just when you think it couldn't get worse, it does. Now in Thailand, you can dress up in your finest Nazi apparel and head over to Hitler for some fried chicken. Yes, that right - some jack-ass looking to capitalise on the trend and opened a fried chicken store that looks exactly like KFC, but with Hitler in a bow-tie instead of the Colonel.
The atrocious use of Hitler is making KFC look like the unlikely hero as they are so offended that they are looking to sue. If the lawsuit is successful, then maybe this will start the decline in this Nazi trend. I can't understand the obsession gripping Thailand, but I assume this all spiralled out of control when kids decided that the ultimate taboo was anything to do with Nazis, and that dressing like them is a form of rebellion. Just so happens that any way you slice it is in poor taste.