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Gnomes must be stopped

October 14, 2009 - Marguerite Lanthier
The Associated Press is reporting that a German artist is posing 1,250 garden gnomes with their arms outstretched in the stiff-armed Hitler salute in an installation that he calls a protest of lingering fascist tendencies in German society. Artist Ottmar Hoerl posed the gnomes in the historic central marketplace of Straubing, a town in southeastern Germany. The exhibit called ‘‘dance with the devil’’ is to run through Oct. 19. Most of gnomes are black plastic, but about 20 are painted shiny gold. Displaying Nazi symbols is illegal in Germany but a court ruled earlier this year that Hoerl’s gnomes were clearly satire and thus allowed. But as local gnome-hater J** R*** (code name Clear Hair) will tell you, this isn’t really the case. That so called artist is clearly being controlled by the gnomes, who have orchestrated a secret tribute to Hitler, disguised as a protest. There is no end to what these evil little creatures will do. They’ve already begun to receive cheaper rates on travel. What’s next, their own reality show. They must be stopped.


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