The controversy around Heinrich Stammler

A while ago the NRK released a video on YouTube featuring an animated german trance artist. It’s a part of an animated TV talkshow that will air in Norway this autumn. A part of the humor is that all the characters are dressed like Donald Duck. Meaning that they have no trousers…

Link to video.

The video was featured on the front page of YouTube and got more than 33 000 views. But the american audience found it utterly disturbing, creepy and inappropriate. So, after a while enough users flagged it and it’s now behind the login wall. Very interesting that the good old Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation is more controversial than the general YouTube audience. This stuff will be aired on national television.

So, some people agree that this is kind of silly. Neodorian has a very valid video answer to the discussion:

Link to video.

Then, the fantastic people here at the NRK making the original video got Mr. Stammler back into the studio where he recorded a YouTube response himself:

Link to video.

I think this is an excellent example of how to utilize these new distribution methods and handling the fact that this is a world where you don’t have full control.

The controversy around Heinrich Stammler

9 thoughts on “The controversy around Heinrich Stammler

  1. kred til NRK for aa produsere dette, gleder meg. har du noe mer info paa P3TV? fant en test-side for flashvideo og litt dill, men jeg vil vite mer :)

  2. An excellent example of how to utilize online communities for PR…

    Online Communities are hot as hell these days and as my research field I’m having the time of my life seeing how people are creative in the use of the services. Erik Solheim is one of the top sp…

  3. Haha!

    This is hilarious! First of all the video, song and character is so damn funny! Please tell me that Heinrich is based on H.P. Baxter the vocal/scream/nonsens guy from Scooter!

    Genious move to post a reply to the controversy with a new movie. This should be a textbook example for everyone doing marketing with communities!

  4. Hehe, funny. Men banning på norsk TV? Lukter trøbbel det her, får bare håpe det blir sendt etter at barna har lagt seg *rofl*. Dersom ikke kommer nok BarneVakten eller hva de kaller seg på banen! hehe

  5. Heinrich var kjempemorsomt. Nok en hissig, bannende nordlending var ..vanlig, kjedelig og ohhh-så-overbenyttet-i-komedier-at-det-ikke-er-i-nærheten-av-morsomt-lenger.

  6. Extremly funny! I am sure NRK will succeed with ‘viral marketing’ of this video and talk show. I have already added it to my own blog. :-)

  7. Average American says:

    The United States is the most conservative and the most oppressive among free countries. Since the general youtube community is comprised of mostly Americans it doesn’t surprise me one bit that one or more of them flagged the video. Thanks freedom lovers!

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