Adolf Swift-ler? A Pinterest board of deception

“It isn’t history that makes heroes. It’s heroes that make history,” writes Emily Pattinson on her “Real Taylor Swift Quotes” board on Pinterest.

By JTA, JPOST.COM STAFF
August 31, 2013 18:12
1 minute read.
Singer Taylor Swift performs

Singer Taylor Swift performs . (photo credit: Reuters)

“It isn’t history that makes heroes. It’s heroes that make history,” writes Emily Pattinson on her “Real Taylor Swift Quotes” board on Pinterest.

Written in friendly, loopy script on a portrait of the singer in a fluffy pink dress, it looks both innocuous and totally plausible. The only catch? This quote is actually from Hitler.

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Yes, that Hitler.

“Real Taylor Swift Quotes” is a brilliant mashup of publicity photos and quotes like the one above, from “Hitler’s Secret Conversations, 1941-44.” Other inspirational quotes from Hitler — such as “Words build bridges into unexpected regions” — look disconcertingly natural when juxtaposed with publicity stills of the pouty 23-year-old.

“Real Taylor Swift Quotes” leaves us with much to ponder: When did Hitler have time to write these nuggets of fluffy inspirational wisdom? Could Taylor Swift be harboring dictatorial ambitions? Who is this project really poking fun at? Pinterest? Swift? Hitler? Or us?

For now, we’re just happy to revel in its awesome absurdity.

"Just gonna take a wild guess and say that you know these aren't real. You saw it here first. No, they're not all Hitler. No, I am not a Nazi," says the disclaimer at the top of the Pinterest page.


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