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Bastian Schweinsteiger threatens legal action against Nazi doll manufacturer

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The former Bayern Munich midfielder may seek legal action after a Chinese doll manufacturer incorporate his likeness into a line of dolls

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In some of the most ugliest news of the day, a Chinese company apparently thinks its a great idea to make Nazi dolls that resemble Bastian Schweinsteiger. Naturally, Bastian Schweinsteiger is doing the appropriate thing and threatening legal action

Schweinsteiger states that the dolls, manufactured by Dragon in Dream, are a violation of his personality rights, taking specific offense to one portraying him as a "swastika-bearing Wehrmacht soldier". The story is is summed up nicely by the BBC and I encourage you to read it because contained in that article are some truly horrifying and ugly statements from the company (in addition to a pretty gross side-by-side of the doll and Schweinsteiger).

For example:

"We thought that all Germans look like that. Bastian is also a very common name in Germany." - BBC

That is an honest-to-god quote from this company over this situation. It's a statement that goes beyond the already atrocious "we made Nazi dolls resembling you, that's okay right" to a whole other level of offensiveness.

Because in essence it's pushing an idea that "all white people look the same to us" which is an extremely offensive and degrading activity from any group towards another regardless of race or ethnicity. Also implicit in that statement is the idea that all Germans have to be white, despite a culture that's spent the greater part of the last 50 years trying to atone for two decades of atrocities committed under Nazism and in the process becoming one of the most accepting and pluralistic cultures in the world.

It's ugly, foul, and I hope Bastian Schweinsteiger sues the pants off them. Which considering this doll not only incorporates his distinctive chin, but also his distinctive dimples to boot, it shouldn't be that hard.