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49 Dictator-Inspired Innovations

From Face-Assembling Oppressors to Contentious Baby Apparel

— January 17, 2012 — Pop Culture
These dictator-inspired innovations may not always be in the best of taste, but they are sure to draw in their fair share of attention. Considering the subjects of these political creations, it seems that anything that bears their image could be potentially offensive. While some of these steel-fisted leaders appear in a humorous context, other renderings and products may make you a touch squeamish.

Parody is an important aspect of political demonstration. The fear of being politically incorrect can stilt freedom of speech, but even the most courageous and outrageous of artists must tread lightly while dealing with subjects like Mao, Stalin and Hitler. But even with this added trepidation, politically charged artists, advertisers and designers have created poignant, hilarious and hopeful creations in spite of their controversial references. How do you kill fear? You laugh in its face.

Through parody and clever modern/historic comparisons, these dictator-inspired innovations fly in the face of everything their subjects stood for.
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Politically Incorrect Trailers
Politically Incorrect Trailers
'The Dictator' by Sacha Baron Cohen May Offend
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47
Dictator Wrestler Rap Battles
Dictator Wrestler Rap Battles
Hulk Hogan VS Kim Jong Il is a Hilarious Comedy Viral
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46
Sand-Swept Dictator Covers
Sand-Swept Dictator Covers
Tim O'brien's TIME Magazine September 2011 Cover Rids Moammar Gad
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45
Dethroned Dictator Exhibits
Dethroned Dictator Exhibits
Nathan Fuja Bids Good Riddance to Muammar Al-Gaddafi
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44
Jolly Disposed Dictator Ads
Jolly Disposed Dictator Ads
Nando's 'No One Likes to Eat Alone' Uses Past Tyrants to Sell Chicken
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43
Online Evil Plotting
Online Evil Plotting
Create Your World Domination Plans Easily On The Web
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42
Iconic Figure Campaigns
Iconic Figure Campaigns
The AudioBook India ads Pair Nelson Mandela with Hitler
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41
Face-Assembling Oppressors
Face-Assembling Oppressors
'Mr. Dictator Head' by Stephen Ives Gets Inspired by a Classic Toy
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40
"Chairman" Mao Chair
"Chairman" Mao Chair
This Chair Is Definitely Red
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39
Powerful Peace Campaigns
Powerful Peace Campaigns
The Weapon of Mass Instruction by Raul Lemesoff Bookmobile
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38
Crumpled Dictator Ads
Crumpled Dictator Ads
The Reporters Without Borders Print Campaign is Heartening
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37
Urban Myth Confirmations
Urban Myth Confirmations
Hitler's Token Testicle
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36
Crossdressing Dictators
Crossdressing Dictators
Song Byeok Gives Kim Jong-il a Hilarious Makeover
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35
Political Toilet Artifacts
Political Toilet Artifacts
Michael Berger's Toilet Museum Features 'Pee on Adolf Hitler' Urinal
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34
Speaking Smartphone Ads
Speaking Smartphone Ads
Reporters Without Borders Creates Print Ads That Actually Speak to You
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33
Communist Kiddie Dolls
Communist Kiddie Dolls
The Grifted Website Brings You Political Playthings
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32
Remixed Dictator Art
Remixed Dictator Art
Kim Jong Phil Transforms Mr. Toledano into the Reclusive North Korean Leader
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31
Hitler-Esque Burlesque Ads
Hitler-Esque Burlesque Ads
The Viktor Rydberg Cabaret Campaign is Tasteful Yet Revealing
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30
Uninhibited Mixed Media Paintings
Uninhibited Mixed Media Paintings
David Bailey Debuts 'Hitler Killed the Duck' at Scream Gallery
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29
Saddam Hussien's Bling For Sale
Saddam Hussien's Bling For Sale
Pal Sells Personal Goods
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28
Dictator Cake-Smashing
Dictator Cake-Smashing
Is This Human Rights Celebration Funny or Tasteless?
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27
Hitler Rug
Hitler Rug
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26
Humanizing Villains
Humanizing Villains
Showing the Softer Side of North Korea's Kim Jong-il
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25
Nazi-Obsessed Hollywood
Nazi-Obsessed Hollywood
Six Christmas-Time Movies With Nazi Themes
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24
Sewing With Signatures
Sewing With Signatures
Amnesty International: Portrait Shuts Up Dictators
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23
Human Rights Ads
Human Rights Ads
Amnesty International "Make Some Noise" Campaign
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22
Villanous Vacation Spots
Villanous Vacation Spots
Saddam Hussein's Palace is Newest Honeymoon Hotspot
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21
Daunting Global Dictators
Daunting Global Dictators
The Intimidating International Society of Human Rights Ads
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20
Controversy Political Comparisons
Controversy Political Comparisons
Madonna Likens John McCain to Hitler
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19
ToyGiants Book
ToyGiants Book
A Journey Into the World of Bizarre Vinyl Art Toys
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18
Controversial Presidential Dramas
Controversial Presidential Dramas
BBC: House of Saddam
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17
Dictator Fashion Ads
Dictator Fashion Ads
The New Form 'Pink Hitler' Advertisement Creates Controversy in Sicily
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16
YouTube Hitler Parodies
YouTube Hitler Parodies
Viral Competition to Spoof "Downfall"
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15
Hitler Memorabilia
Hitler Memorabilia
Auction Market Strong Amid World Woes
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14
Digitally Reconstructed Dictators
Digitally Reconstructed Dictators
'Faces of Evil' Photo Mashups
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13
Cutesy Villain Busts
Cutesy Villain Busts
Nick Ramey's Ceramic Art Will Blow You Away
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12
Controversial Stencils
Controversial Stencils
Hitler and Chaplin Ad for Hut Weber
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11
Cigarette Drawings
Cigarette Drawings
Smoking Kills More Than Hitler & Bin Laden
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10
Faking Intimate History
Faking Intimate History
Museum of Communism Showcases Stalin & Lenin Intimacy
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9
Drawing With Mosquitos
Drawing With Mosquitos
Malaria Kills More Than Hitler, Stalin, Tanks & Bombs
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8
Famous Faceless Portraits
Famous Faceless Portraits
Ali Al Sumayin Illustrates Celebrities With No Actual Facial Features
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7
Dictator Inspection Blogs
Dictator Inspection Blogs
‘Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things' Showcases a Curious Leader
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6
Shocking Kids' Shows
Shocking Kids' Shows
Cute Hitler and Swastika-Inspired Cartoons
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5
Dictator Dolls
Dictator Dolls
Knit Your Own Hitler
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4
Famous Skeletal Faces
Famous Skeletal Faces
The Anatomy of Skulls Series Showcases Famous Characters Sans Flesh
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3
Contentious Baby Apparel
Contentious Baby Apparel
Artist Nina Maria Explores Evil by Dressing Her Baby as Various Despots
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2
Defaced Illustrations
Defaced Illustrations
The Ali Jabbar 'Simple Public Figure' Project Omits Facial Features
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1
Terrorist Tattoos
Terrorist Tattoos
Osama Bin Laden Tattoos are Inking Bodies All Over the Place
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