So to give a bit of context to this: Amazon has just released a TV adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel The Man in the High Castle,
about what the world would be like if the Nazis won WWII. And somebody in their marketing department decided that a good way to advertise this would be to cover New York's subways with hybrid Nazi / Imperial Japanese / American imagery.
Now, if you happen to be a serious Philip K. Dick fan and walk onto the subway, you might recognize this. But I'm going to take a wild guess and estimate that most people in New York City are not going to step aboard a train and think "Oh! Mid-20th-century New Wave science fiction!" when they see this.
But that's not what's really alarming here. That's just stupid marketing.
What's really alarming is that, when +Steve S
shared an article about this, I responded in a comment (without much thinking about it) that "there's something a bit alarming about getting onto the subway and seeing Parteiadlers all over the place. Especially when leading politicians are advocating Nazism, and black protesters are getting shot and beaten at rallies."
What's alarming is that this is a pretty straightforward summary of the past few days' domestic news.
If you missed people being shot and beaten, the gunfire was at a Minneapolis rally, where protesters were demanding the release of camera footage in the Nov. 15th killing of Jamar Clark by police. The attack was apparently planned and executed by three men, two of which are still at large; whether they are affiliated with any larger terrorist organization remains unknown. Five people were shot, and all remain hospitalized, but (fortunately) with noncritical injuries.
The beating was at a Trump rally in Birmingham, where Mercutio Southall, Jr., yelled that "Black lives matter." He was immediately grabbed and beaten by a mob, yelling "shut up, nigger," "monkey," and "all lives matter;" Trump later said on Fox & Friends that Southall "should have been roughed up... it was disgusting what he was doing." Robert Kiger, founder of one of his SuperPACs, told CNN that it was only to be expected, since he himself would expect to get beaten if he visited a black church.
So given all of this context, I would say that this is not the best time for a marketing department to put Nazi imagery all over the subways.
Also, I can't believe I just had to put that sentence together.