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[Off topic:] Richard Wagner Pretending to Be Japanese

Richard Wagner pretending to be Japanese

Racism in Germany is usually associated with far-right groups and neo-Nazis. But anti-racism campaigners say the country’s advertising industry is also guilty of rampant insensitivity towards ethnic minorities. . . . A case in point is a poster (photo, above) created for the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden last year to advertise German composer Richard Wagner’s “Parsifal” performed by acclaimed US conductor Kent Nagano, currently creative head of the German Symphony Orchestra in Berlin. It showed a famous portrait of Wagner, given a pair of arms with the help of a computer, making slanted eyes in an obvious reference to Nagano’s Japanese origins.

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