Right-wing German Rock Fans Get Punked

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

250 attendees of the right-winged rock festival Rock für Deutschland in Gera, Germany, took home a free t-shirt to commemorate the event.  Little did they know that the freebie was being handed out by Exit Deutschland, an organization aiming to steer young individuals away from extremist right-wing militant views, and they had a little trick up their sleeves.  No pun intended.

The concertgoers initially saw the phrase “Hardcore Rebels” printed on the shirt which bore a skull and crossbones symbol.  Once washed, the original design fades away to reveal the hidden message: “What happened to your shirt can happen to you. We can help you break with right-wing extremism.”

Concert attendee carrying his free t-shirt

Exit Deutschland founder, Bernd Wagner stated, “With these T-shirts we aimed to make ourselves known among right-wingers, especially among young ones who are not yet fully committed to the extreme right.”

While it is a clever stunt, do you think it will be effective in turning the minds of the young individuals?


Photo © EXIT Deutschland

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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