For Hitler's Birthday: Five Public-Relations Disasters Involving People Wearing Nazi Uniforms

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Happy Adolf Hitler's Birthday!! Just try celebrating, though. Wear one Nazi costume these days and you'll find yourself apologizing for weeks. Especially if you're, like, the prince of England or something.

The world is full of people who thought it was a great idea to don Nazi garb only to learn differently after photos got out.

Among them:

5. Japanese pop Group Kishidan and Sony Music Sony Music Japan had a hot pop group called Kishidan who liked to dress bizarrely (our limited contact with Japanese pop groups would seem to indicate they all like to dress bizarrely, but we may be wrong). They were scheduled to appear on MTV Japan in a big show.

How to dress them? Like Nazis!!!! Great idea. Until the Simon Wiesenthal Center learned about it and got all huffy, as if it's any business of theirs. Sony and the group apologized profusely.

4. The mayor of a Romanian town

Radu Mazare, the mayor of the Romanian town of Constanta, participated in a fashion parade by goose-stepping with his son, both of them wearing Nazi uniforms. He claimed later he hadn't noticed the swastika on the uniform's belt, but dude -- you were goose-stepping and your kid was wearing the distinctive German WWII helmet. In his defense, Mazare explained he had been to Israel three times and therefore wasn't an anti-Semite. 3. Congressional candidate Rich Iott

Rich Iott was running for Congress from Ohio when it emerged that he had a hobby of dressing up as an SS officer in WWII re-enactments. It wasn't exactly the image the GOP was trying to project, but Iott insisted his interest was purely historical and he had no sympathy for the Nazis. He lost the election, perhaps because the "wear SS gear for historical reasons" bloc failed to turn out as strongly as it might have.

2. Formula One racing head Max Mosley Max Mosley, the head of Formula One racing, absolutely did not have Nazi-themed S&M orgies that were caught on tape and publicized by a British newspaper. His dominatrixes just happened to be wearing clothes that sort of, somewhat, looked like German uniforms and the German language was used and the tape seemed to some viewers to include concentration-camp type references.

But Mosley won a 2008 libel suit when a court found it was not a "Nazi-themed" orgy as reported, so therefore the whole thing had nothing to do with Nazis. So technically he shouldn't be included here, but the case was all about allegations of Nazi themes, so it's close enough.

By the way, what is it with racing and Nazi dominatrixes? Robin Mortimer, head of a prestigious British racing team, was found dead last year after an extended hardcore S&M session with Mistress Lucrezia, pictured to the right, who could just as easily have done business under her real name, Ira van Damm.

You don't see this sort of thing with NASCAR, is all we're saying.

1. Prince Harry Britain's Prince Harry went to a costume party -- sorry, a "fancy dress" party -- that had the theme "Natives and Colonials," which is the British equivalent of a UT white-boy frat throwing a "Pimps & Hos" party.

Harry chose to come in Nazi uniform, because it fit under neither the native nor the colonial category.

The official apology: "Prince Harry has apologised for any offence or embarrassment he has caused. He realises it was a poor choice of costume."

Should have gone with the African witch doctor with the bone in his nose, Prince.

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