Bastian Schweinsteiger mulls lawsuit over Nazi doll likeness
By Marcus Kwesi O'Mard
Like most people, Bastian Schweinsteiger doesn’t want to look or dress like a Nazi.
Schweinsteiger is considering whether to sue a Hong Kong toy manufacturer for producing a doll of a Nazi-soldier doll that bears both his likeness and name, according to the BBC.
“The Manchester United midfielder’s management company put the matter into the hands of their German-based lawyers earlier this week,” the BBC reports. “The dolls, named ‘World War II Army Supply Duty – Bastian’, are made in China by Dragon in Dream.”
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) October 22, 2015
As captain of Germany’s national team and midfielder for Manchester United, Schweinsteiger is a worldwide standard-bearer for German soccer. The 31-year-old willingly shoulders his on- and off-field responsibilities as a soccer player, but probably won’t want to embody the darkest chapter in Germany’s recent history.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 22, 2015
Dragon in Dream defended its use of the Schweinsteiger-esque depiction, claiming it resembles their idea of an everyday German.
“We don’t sell any figures which resemble footballers,” a Dragon Dream spokesperson told German newspaper Bild, according to the BBC. “It is a complete coincidence that the figure ‘Bastian’ looks like Schweinsteiger.”
“We thought that all Germans look like that. Bastian is also a very common name in Germany.”
Polite society in Germany and beyond frowns on people dressing up like Nazis and probably feels the same about clothing others in such a manner — even if they’re dolls.
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