Who knew Hitler cared so much about Metallica? For the last several years, a popular mash-up meme has seen YouTubers circulating hundreds of videos of pretend Hitlers ranting about pop-cultural developments that don't agree with der Fuhrer's sensibilities. Most of the Hitler parodies use a recycled clip from the 2004 Oscar-nominated foreign film Downfall (or, Der Untergang in German), featuring a melodramatic Bruno Ganz as the slow-boiling Hitler, fulminating against, for example, the heresy of Brett Favre playing for the Vikings, or the Twilight movie.

In the most recent video, the nervousness of Hitler's minions is palpable as they must break the news to the Nazi leader that Lou Reed has collaborated with his beloved Metallica, a blow almost as devastating as the time Hitler's Xbox Live account had been terminated, with the attendant loss of gamerscore and Microsoft points. I'll take these very specific "Hitler reacts" parodies over the broader Mel Brooks "Springtime for Hitler" and "Hitler on Ice" parodies anyday.

With the insertion of a few anachronistic English subtitles, a deadly serious dramatic scene is turned inside out for our amusement, and there is no limit to our appetite for revenge-mockery when it comes to the failed artist. But with regard to "Loutallica," Hitler's right about one thing: no one ever listened to Master of Puppets and said, "Awesome, but no Lou Reed?"

 

Commentarium (10 Comments)

Jul 02 11 - 10:19am
Hair Flowers

Hippy Hitler is the best parody out there. These don't come close to it.

Jul 02 11 - 9:56pm
YourFriend

Metallica is the WORST! wtf is he thinking???

Jul 03 11 - 11:38am
Well

It *is* Hitler, after all. What did you expect, Billy Joel?

Jul 03 11 - 10:58pm
YourFriend

I mean: what is Lou Reed thinking collaborating with Metallica!?!?

Jul 05 11 - 11:00am
Well

OK, I see your point now.

Jul 03 11 - 1:57am
MarkInWhiteRock

Agreed: Metallica, are f'n awful, but this is friggin awesome!

Jul 04 11 - 5:29pm
GeeBee

Lou Reed was cool when Metallica were in diapers.

Jul 04 11 - 8:30pm
phineas

That Metallica one is hilarious and well done, I love it.

Jul 23 11 - 12:10pm
Bert

Knowlegde wants to be free, just like these articles!

Jul 23 11 - 12:48pm
Clara

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