What's so fishy about it? This is Asia, after all.
(If you watch the whole music video, you may get a different impression of what they're trying to express, but it's not exactly clear. A translation suggests they're using the name as a pun on the word "hit" as in "hit song".)
More articles follow. TL/DR summary:
The government firmly condemns the incident and (possibly) equates Nazism with ROC nationalism, and the opposition firmly condemns the government and (at least the New Party) equates Nazism with colonialism, the DPP, and the Sunflower movement.
The list of organizations issuing condemnations (either collectively or via individual members) continues to grow.
- German office
- Israeli office
- Tsai's office
- Ministry of Education
- Humanist Education Foundation
- Our Story Alliance of History Teachers
- "Action Coalition of Civics Teacher" [sic?]
- NTU professor Hua Yih-fen (花亦芬)
- Representative to Germany Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉)
Shieh has been criticized for his criticism:
“If the education system had fully incorporated history about the state violence that occurred in Taiwan, young students would naturally be critical of Germany’s Nazi regime,” Shieh said on Facebook on Saturday. “Instead, certain political parties still boycott the revelation of historical truth and continue treating the [ROC] national flag as a special symbol.”
Saying that the students were also victims to some extent, Shieh lamented the nation’s continued “worship” of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and retired military officers’ efforts to curry favor with China while waiving the ROC flag in Taiwan.
“I will tell Shieh that he is now the nation’s representative to Germany and is no longer just a college professor or TV anchor. We will let him understand this,” Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) said in response to Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ma Wen-chun’s (馬文君) criticism of what she said was mockery of the flag.
Tsai has also been criticized for her criticism:
Separately yesterday, New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) issued a statement urging the Presidential Office to apologize to the students for throwing them under the bus over the cosplay event simply because of opposition from Westerners.
“It was just a student event that school authorities did not have a hand in creating the content for, as it was aimed at facilitating creativity ... not advocating Nazi ideology,” Yok said, adding that the public had blown the issue out of proportion.
Yok said the real “modern Nazis” are the DPP government, which has beautified the Japanese colonial era, as well as members of the 2014 Sunflower movement who cut classes, staged demonstrations and illegally occupied government buildings.
Our Story spokeswoman Huang Hui-chen (黃惠貞) offers the following explanation:
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) launched the New Life Movement in the 1920s to imitate fascist movements in the West, which led to the institutionalization on campus of militarized uniforms, mandated morning assemblies, teacher-graded weekly diaries, military song contests and military instructors on campus, Huang said, adding that many of those practices still exist.
As I've said before, I'm not optimistic about Taiwan's education system. At least now they're talking about stuff.
@BHL4life, the concept of the "right to offend" does get discussed in western countries, from time to time. Ask Ezra Levant.
@the_bear, 70:30 has been the official line all along if I'm not mistaken, since the start of the big reform. What Chinese people actually think depends on things like family background etc. But even so, young people nowadays tend not to care much one way or another. They see him more as a historical figure than as a political symbol. (Your Yangshuo experience was almost three decades ago! To say nothing of the Chairman's lifetime... )