Feb 28, 2020

Downfall: BP refinery worker sacked over Hitler parody wins job back

A BP refinery worker in Australia has successfully won back his job after being sacked for parodying the company in a well-known Hitler meme. "Anyone with knowledge of the meme could not seriously consider that the use of the clip was to make some point involving Hitler or Nazis," the Fair Work Commission wrote in its decision. The meme takes Downfall's climactic scene - in which Hitler confronts his generals in his bunker - and replaces the subtitles with topics of parody. In siding with him, the Fair Work Commission found the meme had been "Culturally dissociat[ed]" from real events. Mr Tracey's lawyer, Kamal Farouque, told local Nine newspapers: "He is really pleased to get his job back and is looking forward to going back to work at BP refinery."

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