No Franklin's BBQ for Hitler

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If you aren't already familiar with the now-viral "Hitler Reacts" meme, please head over to Know Your Meme and familiarize yourself. Macht schnell!

Now then. Found on the Houston Chowhound boards yesterday was a Hitler Reacts video that I couldn't believe I'd never seen. Anyone familiar with the early hours at Franklin's BBQ will no doubt feel "Hitler's" "pain" on this.


Apparently, many of the users on the Chowhounds board found the video quite offensive, to which I say: Welcome to the Internet. You will find new and dazzling things to offend you behind every hyperlink. A thicker skin may be in order.

And I say that as a person who was moved to tears when I saw Der Untergang when it was screened at Landmark River Oaks some years ago. The cinematic depiction of Hitler and his followers as fully-fleshed human beings instead of the cartoonish villains depicted in the Indiana Jones movies or the Wolfenstein video games made the many tragedies of World War II seem even more visceral than history books could ever do.

But even with that said, the Franklin's BBQ version of Hitler Reacts is goddamned funny. And my hat is tipped to the barbecue genius who made this video; it's my favorite of the memes to date.

And, seriously, Franklin's BBQ has hours that would drive anyone to have a screaming hissy fit.



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Chris Watkins
Chris Watkins

I think someone should do a "Hitler Reacts" version about the inappropriateness of "Hitler Reacts". A recursive meta meme - and then it could be posted in response to the people who found it offensive, thus placating them and blowing their minds at the same time.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

The best part of any Downfall meme is waiting to hear what the one woman whispers in consolation to the other in the hall outside. I live for that line in every single one of the "Hitler Reacts" videos.

Blair Rowell
Blair Rowell

I get making fun of Hitler, who was smart but spritually and morally bankrupt. I also get the reaction to someone using such a "meme" of Hitler, who committed some of the most hedious crimes in history, to promote profit or a food, of which there was little in the prison and refugee camps for the people who were imprisoned by Hitler. Our ultimate punishment to Hitler and other famous war criminals is to never mention his/their name(s) again (not to forget the atrocities that were done), to also disuade any mis-guided individual from seeking fame through heidious acts.

Eric S
Eric S

Generally speaking, I'm pretty tired of the Downfall meme, but I love this clip. It perfectly captures every aspect of obsessive barbecue devotion and Franklin in particular. I say that as someone who a couple months ago left Houston at 7am on a Wednesday in order to get to Franklin well enough ahead of their 11am opening that I wouldn't have to wait too long in the line. My plan worked - got to Franklin about 10:30 (stopped for gas and kolaches, hit brutal fog outside of Columbus), 2nd in line and was finished eating before the people who got there when it opened had even ordered.

Totally worth it by the way. Franklin's barbecue is amazing. Since they had all the meats available, I didn't bother with coleslaw. Maybe next time.

Also, kind of a shame that "new and dazzling things to offend you behind every hyperlink" wasn't itself a hyperlink to goatse or lemonparty. That's a lesson well-learned for the easily offended, I think.

melissa
melissa

They found this off....what....do these people ever read the Internet? This makes my brain hurt. Hitler reacting to shit is one of the best memes ever. Of all the truly offensive things on the internet, the fact that they chose this to get offended by makes me think they really don't spend that much time on here, or they just need more to think about.

tl;dr: QQ

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

"The waiting lines are like living under Stalin" is the line that made me lose it.

Eric S
Eric S

My 2 favorites are "The coleslaw is outstanding!" and "Salt Lick." It's really fantastic.

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