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Poll results are in: is the RPR Bunker video funny or appalling?

One poll question:

This morning, we spotted a video of an age old web meme that puts custom subtitles over a video of a Hitler movie (with an actor, not the real Hitler). What was different about this video was that it was about RPR and NAR (see the video here). It was labeled as a satirical video, and many found it humorous while others were drastically offended. We asked a simple poll question with the results above which leans towards a negative sentiment.

In short order, we received 70 responses, and at first, most responses were negative, as high as 70% this morning, but it shifted. The one voter who voted “other” said, “Funny but all REALTORS should back RPR.”

Various responses

We received calls to remove the video and Jeff Young, Senior VP of Operations of RPR commented, “business level attacks are part of the game, and we all have thick skins in order to deal with it. However, attacking someone like Dale Ross who’s only role for the last 30 years has been to be a leader and create value for our industry is something different. He is a man of great faith, and to compare him to Adolph Hitler is beyond reproach. Don’t tell me that something like this isn’t personal, because its under the banner of, “satire.” That doesn’t fly. At best it show’s the ignorance of the video’s creator. At worst, it show’s his malice.”

Director of Social Media and Marketing at RPR, Reggie Nicolay tweeted, “our leader, Dale Ross is Jewish and I find this video in extremely bad taste.”

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Hitler parody videos in general is one of thousands to create a Hitler parody video- there are 24,700 results on YouTube alone for “Hitler parody,” and it is safe to assume almost all of them are the same concept of subtitles over the same clip, just like the contentious video released today. Although the video creator, Greg Robertson had no comment, it is unlikely that the blogger meant malice, rather attempted a parody, but with only two out of five people considering it to be humorous, it may not have gone over as humorously as it was likely intended.

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. sfvrealestate

    October 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I've seen about 20 of these "Hitler learns that (fill in the blank)" videos. One has been made for just about every situation one could ever imagine (including Hitler learning that the housing bubble has just popped, the stock market has tanked, Carmageddon…). All of these have been funny, although the concept is getting a little worn now. BTW, this is a clip from "The Bunker" — it's an outstanding movie that came out in about 2005, I think, and it's a must-see for those of you that are interested in WWII.

    I'm surprised that Dale Ross and Jeff Young haven't seen these videos before and can't appreciate the satire. Perhaps they need to spend more time on the internet…

  2. sfvrealestate

    October 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Wait, no! The movie is called "Downfall" and it is really worth renting. Sorry, everybody; I didn't take my gingko today.

  3. Matthew Rathbun

    October 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    The Zillow comment was funny, but the truth stated in the video, the use of hitler and the handling of the project are all sad. I like the end product, but hated the politics and the policies surrounding it. How about the realtors credit union… Let's see a video on the "success" of that.

  4. Cynthis Shelton

    October 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I find this appalling and not something a Realtor would say. We are above comparing anything to Hitler and it's an insult to me as a Realtor that we would do this or think it's appropriate. I’ve found most people who write things like this don’t have the courage to say who they are because then hide behind the “social media”. We as a Board of Directors made up of Realtors from around the world have voted to support a tool that will help us in our business. I for one believe RPR is headed in the right direction and something those of us who actually sell or manage those that do will find useful if you spend just a little time to get trained. Please find something useful to do besides watching the video as it was a waste of my time and insulting.

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