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NCCA caught under scrutiny for insensitive ‘Nazi-style’ pose

The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) was recently met with a barrage of criticisms after a problematic photo emerged from their official social media page.

In their now deleted post, the representatives were seen posing with a familiar “Heil Hitler” salute from Nazi Germany. For a government agency founded on cultural heritage, you would think that they’d be able to connect the dots. The Philippines is even known to have opened its doors in the past for Jewish refugees during the Nazi persecution in 1934.


The photos were taken to document an online talk show, discussing cultural trends and Filipino artists. Unfortunately, the hosts appeared to have chosen a distasteful and culturally insensitive gesture. Internet users were dumbfounded by how something as obvious as a Neo-Nazi salute would go over their heads, especially when NCCA officials are expected to be well versed in history. The government agency responded to the criticism by clarifying that it was not their intention.

NCCA was met with even more judgement when they failed to at the very least apologize. Filipinos on Twitter replied to the thread to give their two cents — questioning the qualifications of the NCCA representatives.





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