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Damn that’s some weak propaganda game right there.
Take it alcohol and stale cigar smoke were not popular in imperial Japan.
Oh he stinks. Yep. My perception of the Brits is forever changed. They stink.
For those who don’t get the joke, W.C. means water closet, which is a British way of saying bathroom. They are saying Winston Churchill smells like shit.
All things considered, pretty tame. American anti-Japanese propaganda was way more obnoxious than this.
Y’all in the comments sound salty for no good reason. Yeah, sure, it doesn’t strike fear or anything but I think it’s a great laugh.
I believe they are implying ‘W.C.’ here stands for ‘Water Closet’, the bathroom.
This propaganda is playing on some long-held Japanese prejudices against Europeans dating back to the 1500s. Genetic differences in BO and cultural differences in bathing frequency gave “Southern Barbarians” a reputation for smelling terrible.
So on a surface level, yeah, it’s a grade school pun about Churchill’s initials. But on a deeper cultural level, it is reminding Japanese people who see it how much more civilized they are than Europeans.
THIS is the propaganda they used to make it preferable to commit suicide than be captured by the allies?
Don’t get captured, they smell bad!
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This confirms my theory that The Japanese approach is, and always has been, to make something innocuous that is somehow much more intolerable than something rude.
Blank out the picture they’re holding and it’s a solid meme format.
And Japanese toilets were even stinkier than most, since they retained the waste on site to use as fertilizer. In fact, even in Tokyo it was into the Eighties before they finished the last of the sewer lines around the east end of town.
Still, it’s kind of funny. Most Japanese propaganda posters I’ve seen are things like ‘Your PM stinks’, ‘Your President is greedy’ or ‘Americans are banging your girls’. In comparison to the typical Allied ‘monkey men’ propaganda, it’s almost cute by comparison. But then again, I suppose I’m mostly seeing Japanese propaganda for foreign consumption. When it came to dehumanizing their enemies, they were just as good as we were.
I mean… there’s no way he smelled good
I swear to god, 90% of Japanese humor is pun-based.
Wow this is extremely tame in comparison to American propaganda caricatures that make Tojo look like a buck-toothed, green-skinned demon who eats children for breakfast.
That is some grade school level propaganda right there. “u smell like a toilet. HA!”
W.C. stands for water closet, which is a British term for toilet. Just so people are aware.
It’s almost innocent in a weird way.
“We don’t like him because he is a stinky poo!”
This is proof Japan was weird even before the bomb?
Well he fucking drank a lot. Probably did smell terrible.
This would be a good one for r/psbattles