Thread: If Hogan's Heroes aired today, would it be controversial?

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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    Hogan's Heroes was a 1960s sitcom set in a Nazi POW camp, and focused both on the Allied POWs and the German guards. What would probably be controversial today is that the Nazis are portrayed as your generic "authority figures" that the prisoners ouwit time and time again, but not as villains. In fact, the Kommandant of the camp, Colonel Klink, is usually pretty friendly towards the prisoners, and one of the guards, Sergeant Schultz, is a comic bufoon. Nazi war crimes and the holocaust are not even mentioned on the show.

    Today, parodies of Nazi Germany are usually pretty edgy, and comic portrayals of Nazis are pretty controversial. Today, WWII-era cartoons like Herr Meets Hare and Der Fuehrer's Face are usually censored and rarely aired because they portrayed Goering and Hitler as comic villains.

    Would a show like Hogan's Heroes which had Nazis as sympathetic characters be protested today?
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    Indeed it would. Back then, we had enough to worry about to not get worked up over this kind of stuff. These days, there's so little going on that everybody seems to be pushing for a "perfect world" as much as possible, which seems to be limiting free speech like that.
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    who cares if it would be controversal. if it bothers you then dont watch it. would there be global warming if the earth was as big as neptune? who cares, its not a reality.
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    Probibly, but i still like the show.
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    It would be protested by people but some would watch the show.
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    It would be cancelled after the first episode.
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    Truthfully mlw is right.
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    Quote by Lemon_Splash
    who cares if it would be controversal. if it bothers you then dont watch it. would there be global warming if the earth was as big as neptune? who cares, its not a reality.

    The show doesn't bother me at all. I was commenting on how today's society is so uptight that a family-appropriate show from the 1960s might be considered controversial today.
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    I wouldn't call it sympathetic as much as it was making fun of Germans. You'd think it would have been met with more hate then because people were still bitter about the war.
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    Quote by Ganondorfdude11
    Quote by Lemon_Splash
    who cares if it would be controversal. if it bothers you then dont watch it. would there be global warming if the earth was as big as neptune? who cares, its not a reality.

    The show doesn't bother me at all. I was commenting on how today's society is so uptight that a family-appropriate show from the 1960s might be considered controversial today.


    Is society more uptight right now? Back then it was considered controversial to have a husband and wife share the same bed.
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    • 12 years 2 months ago
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    Society is uptight about different things today. Sex, drugs, and violence are all OK, but there are sacred cows that you cannot touch. Nazis are one of them.
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    • 12 years 1 month ago
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    The answer to your question Ganondorfdude11 is yes. Hogan's Heroes would be chased off the air today.
    Background: Every Saturday night in 1966 & 1967 my whole family watched Hogan's Heroes. Along with Batman and Time Tunnel, Hogan's Heroes was a family favorite. Even my grandma liked the show. All I can tell you is that Hogan's Heroes was the most watched show by my classmates at school.
    Important: Needed to break the ice with a girl? Just mention Hogan's Heroes and bingo! Sure to get a smile everytime. Nerdyguy wants to get on jockdude's good side? Talk about Hogan's Heroes and make a friend. It never failed! No other tv show had the draw power of Hogan's Heroes at my school.
    Compute this RJer's: CBS 1965 - a network run by the WW II generation. Hogan's Heroes - a show written by, directed by, promoted by, performed by the WW II generation. Hogan's Heroes - a show hated by critics the world over but loved by viewers.
    Bottom Line: I can't prove it but adults are different today than the WW II style adults I knew as a kid. There is a hyper- sensitivity that did not exist when I was growing up.
    Hogan's Heroes in the 21st century? No Way!
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    • 12 years 1 month ago
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    There was a sketch on "Robot Chicken" that parodied "Hogan's Heroes", and it had wrestlers from the original WWF in it.
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    • 12 years 1 month ago
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    I always thought Hogan's Heroes was just making fun of the Germans, not sympathizing with them. But the show isn't politically correct by today's day standards like so many other things.
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    • 12 years 1 month ago
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    What's so interesting is all posts are on point. Hogan's Heroes is difficult to pen down. It's an ideological mash-up. As a fan I can agree with each post I read. I remember my jewish friend at school that just loved the show. Guess his family watched too.
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    • 12 years 1 month ago
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    "The Producers" mock Nazis and it's a big Broadway hit.

    Maybe if "Hogan's Heroes" did 'Springtime for Hitler', then they got something.
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    • 12 years 1 month ago
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    Quote by MrCleveland
    "The Producers" mock Nazis and it's a big Broadway hit.

    Maybe if "Hogan's Heroes" did 'Springtime for Hitler', then they got something.


    But The Producers has been around since the 60s as well. If you put Hogan's Heroes on broadway, sure, people would love it. Or even Blazing Saddles for that matter.
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    • 12 years 1 month ago
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    Quote by Sunriser

    But The Producers has been around since the 60s as well. If you put Hogan's Heroes on broadway, sure, people would love it. Or even Blazing Saddles for that matter.


    Hey Sunriser, "Blazing Saddles" on broadway? Better get a window seat!
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