BuzzFeed Writer Wonders If the Red Baron Flew a Nazi Plane [VIDEO]

by Kim Quade on March 17, 2017

It sure doesn’t take much to trigger the BuzzFeed staff these days. Especially those who are really ignorant of history.

Case in point: Leticia Miranda, BuzzFeed consumer reporter, wondered if Hobby Lobby was selling an “offensive” model airplane. She posted this at her Twitter account:

And why would it be offensive?

This would be hilarious if it didn’t demonstrate her spectacular ignorance of basic history on full display at BuzzFeed. She should be embarrassed.

The Iron Cross was used by the German army in World War I. It has nothing to do with Nazism, which arose after WWI ended and eventually led to World War II.

The most famous German pilot from World War I was Manfred von Richthofen, the “Red Baron.” He actually flew a number of planes, although his most famous was a red Fokker DR-1 triplane, not the biplane pictured in the Hobby Lobby ad.

Manfred von Richthofen near his Fokker triplane, decorated with Iron Cross.

Von Richthofen didn’t even live to see the rise of Nazism. He was killed in 1918, as this computer animation depicts. The video demonstrates what courage von Richthofen and pilots on both sides of that conflict possessed just to fly these planes made of wire and canvas.

No, there were no Nazis in World War I. Adolph Hitler served in that war, but he was just a lowly Lance Corporal, not the leader of the Third Reich.

Adolph Hitler in World War I.

But why would poor Leticia possibly be aware of these facts? She’s probably a product of public schools and has received little to no actual instruction in history. Plus, reading is a lot harder than surfing social media and watching cat videos.

But she sure knows how to be offended by the most inconsequential items. Like models of German World War I airplanes. That’s an area in which she and her fellow travelers at BuzzFeed really excel.

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Scott March 17, 2017 at 7:23 pm

I agree, she’s a total idiot, since like you pointed out, the toy plane in question is a model of one that far predates the nazi’s, but she did have one small thing right, or at least the person who wrote her did, the iron cross was not only used as a marking for German equipment in WWI, it was also a medal given by the nazi’s during WWII

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Kim Quade March 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm

I don’t think either Miranda or her correspondent would have any knowledge of that. They conflated the Iron Cross with the Nazi swastika and poof! Triggered!

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Wfjag March 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

Miranda is apparently too stupid to use Google, Bing or any of the other search engines. The Iron Cross is a military decoration first issued in 1813 by the King of Prussia to recognize valor in the Napoleonic Wars. It’s shape and color is based on the cross used by the Teutonic Knights, a medieval Catholic religious, military order. The Nazis stole many things, including many cultural symbols, in their efforts to create a socialist, pagan culture.

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Kim Quade March 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm

My husband is a graphic artist, and he points out what a powerful graphic symbol the swastika is, although it’s now tainted beyond all rehabilitation.
And that symbol, too, is ancient in origin as well. It was used by native Americans and Hindus in India. Czarina Alexandra used a swastika as a good luck charm.
History is so interesting. It’s too bad so many people are ignorant of it.

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Rusty Shackleford March 20, 2017 at 7:24 am

The Czarina wasn’t the only one who used it as a good luck charm—Coca-Cola used to give away swastika-shaped bottle openers with their logo, the 5 cent price and “Drink In Bottles” stamped on them. Indians in the American southwest wrote it as a symbol of the sun, and the US 25th Infantry Division (made up of troops from the southwestern states) used it as their insignia in WW One—when the division was reconstituted for WW2 they changed it to a shield with a star and an Indian Chief profile within the star. There was also a US Air Corps squadron in the Twenties that used it as their insignia. Once Hitler and his gang came along the swastika as a good luck symbol was ruined for everyone. The backwards swastika is still used in Japan on maps to mark the location of Buddhist temples.

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Kim Quade March 20, 2017 at 8:31 am

Rusty–
To the best of my knowledge, North High in Wichita, KS, from which my husband graduated, still sports swastika reliefs in the top corners of the building. Their mascot is/was the “Indians,” and it used the symbol as a nod, since as I mentioned it was popular among some tribes.
I’m not sure if they have been removed. Considering their placement at the top of the building and the amount of work it would take, they may still be there.

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Tony March 17, 2017 at 8:52 pm

Just think, she calls herself a “journalist” in her bio. She will probably be promoted to one of the alphabet networks in a year or two. Even an elementary school kid writing a paper knows how to search for stuff. Proof positive that journalism these days is not about finding facts. Journalism is just about trolling for attention, views, likes, retweets, pins, etc.
I’m buying a couple of these planes now just because of how stupid this is.

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Scott March 18, 2017 at 4:54 am

Yeah Kim, i have no doubt that Miranda is too stupid to know or research the history, Leftists never bother with the fa ts, because all too often, the facts destroy their intended narrative.

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Randy B. March 18, 2017 at 8:23 am

Kim,

Thanks for a great article. Reminded of self righteous liberals in New York flipping out last year because the store they were shopping in played “Sweet Home Alabama” on the in-store music system.

Also, nice video on the Red Baron. Hadn’t realized that Canada was sending bad-ass pilots into the fray way back then.

Best,
Randy B.

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d scott barry March 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

Randy B.,
At that time, Canada was still a “colony” of Great Britain. They were in it from the beginning, in 1914, as were Australia, India, and New Zealand.

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Rusty Shackleford March 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

Not a colony—they became a “Dominion” in 1867 which meant they had a degree of independence from the Mother Country. Australia and NZ became dominions around 1900.

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Kim Quade March 18, 2017 at 9:11 am

Thanks, Randy. I’m fascinated by WWI history, so this “triggered” me. 😉

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GWB March 20, 2017 at 6:21 am

In all fairness to Leticia, it was her reader that actually “triggered”. She was just ignorant enough to tweet it out, instead of answering back with her own “Why would you be offended by a historical model?”

And, as a model builder, I have to be particularly ticked at this “offense”. I have built all sorts of models. Some were of NAZI equipment. The fact I built them has nothing to do with endorsing them. Just as building a model of the Cutty Sark doesn’t mean I encourage drinking of whiskey (though I do). (And, yes, I did something there….) You build models because you’re interested in the topic or because it’s an interesting (complex, unique, detailed, whatever) build.
*smh*

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