Hipsters: modern-day hippies... only more annoying.
Living in D.C., I've seen enough hipsters to last me a lifetime -- the quintessential 18-30 year-olds who enjoy tight jeans, copious amounts of coffee and androgynous hair styles and judge the world through their thick-rimmed glasses, liberal arts degrees and lame sarcasm which they pass off as pointed, "intellectual" irony.
Needless to say, I am not a fan of "hipsters." But my opinion of the rebellious progressive crowd took a further nose dive today when I came across the website HipsterHitler.com -- because nothing says hip, independent counter-culture thinking and progressive politics like das fuhrer, apparently.
Hipster Hitler is a comic that satirizes both hipster culture and the exploits of the Third Reich using a combination of puns, parody, dark humor, anachronisms, and visual gags.
This comic is not written with the intent of offending people and refrains from making the holocaust or any other similar horrific event as the subject matter of a strip. In constructing Hitler as a Hipster we’re offering a new way of disliking Hitler and laughing at the “lazy dictator” he was, who is known for being indolent, maniacal at times, with violent bursts of enthusiasm. In the process of satirizing Hitler’s thoughts, actions and logic, we’re taking a few digs at a contemporary subculture of urban, middle-class youth that fetishize the ‘authentic’ and conform to non-conformism.
Get it? They are so ultra-cool, they are going against the societal grain by inventing new, hip ways to dislike Hitler -- HA!
Hipster Hitler has more than 10,000 followers on Twitter and, as evidenced by the merchandise line, hipsters looooove puns -- no matter how offensive:
I can't say with certainty because hipster I am not, but I'm betting that poking fun at the murderous dictator is a hipster earmark of just how society has progressed in recent decades -- it wreaks of idiocy much like liberals' favorite Che Guevara tees.
Update: Society fights back -- Red Bubble, the Australian retailer behind the merchandise, has pulled the Hitler tee-shirt line following public outcry.