Swastika advert causes outrage
This is the plane that ruined many New York-area beachgoers' relaxing day on the coast. The advert featuring a swastika sign was seen flying over Brighton Beach and Coney Island Saturday, prompting several complaints.
The group behind the advert, an organization called Pro Swastika, reportedly flew it in dozens of major cities that day. The organization's founder told WNBC they're intentions were not to offend - they want to change the image back to its original meaning.
"In the western world the symbol has been hijacked by the Nazis. We're here to basically reclaim it from them. As long as there are people still offended by it, it means that we need to continue our work. We feel the need to continue to rehabilitate the symbol."
On its website, Pro Swastika explains the controversial word actually started out meaning "good luck" and "good will."
But here's the questionable ... or rather *more* questionable part: The advert is part of a campaign called Swastika Rehabilitation Week lead by a UFO group.
The groups leader told The Huffington Post the swastika was given to humans by a group of extraterrestrial scientists who created mankind.
And the only way to show them that humans have evolved enough to accept them is to rehabilitate the symbol.
This is the fifth year that the group has attempted to remove the Nazi stigma from the swastika, the campaign will hit 50 cities all over the world and lasts through July 12.
Pro-Swastika banner flying over Rockaway beach is ghastly airborne linkbait, but I got novels & newspapers to read. pic.twitter.com/H7a3dUt8MU- Ross Perlin (@RossPerlin) July 12, 2014