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"Ignore Hitler" refers to a series of user-submitted artworks on the mobile gaming app Draw Something that incorporate caricatures of Adolf Hitler regardless of its contextual relevance. The images gained significant attention after its creator launched a single topic Tumblr in April 2012.
The idea was conceived by Scottish artist Michael who noticed that players on the mobile app game Draw Something could easily cheat by spelling out the name of the object instead of drawing it. Michael began executing his idea by inserting Hitler into every Draw Something submission he worked on and on May 6th, 2012, he launched the Tumblr blog Ignore Hitler to curate his artworks as well as his friends' contributions.
"The game is Draw Something – you’re presented with an object to draw for your opponent to guess. I include gratuitous Hitlers in the drawing with no relevance to the actual answer and etch the phrase ‘IGNORE HITLER’ instructing my opponent to disregard the fuhrer’s presence."
Spamming of irrelevant images in turn-based drawing games has been seen before on Doodle or Die.
Draw Something is a mobile gaming application developed by Omgpop in which two players alternate turns to draw an object based on an assigned prompt and try to solicit the name of the object from each other in similar vein to how the word guessing game Pictionary works. The game was well received upon release, racking up 50 million downloads in the first fifty days. In March 2012, both the game and Omgpop were bought by Zynga for $180 million.
On the day of the blog launch, Michael posted more than a dozen examples of "Ignore Hitler" drawings, including a submission of Hitler wearing a red thong underwear which became the first notable instance of the series with more than 120 notes. The single topic blog was picked up on the following day by the internet news site Daily Dot in a short Q&A interview article with Michael.
Throughout the second week of May 2012, the Ignore Hitler Tumblr blog was covered by various humor blogs and tech news sites, beginning with Happy Place, Kotaku and BuzzFeed on May 9th and followed by Geekosystem and Games News on May 10th. The site was also featured on the homepage of /r/gaming subreddit on May 9th, which received more than 1,285 points and 100 comments. Meanwhile, Ignore Hitler extended its presence across other platforms on Twitter and Facebook.
Within the first 10 days, more than 100 drawings of Ignore Hitler have been submitted and featured via Tumblr.
 Tumblr – Ignore Hitler
 BuzzFeed – Ignore Hitler Is The Best Draw Something Based Tumblr Ever
 Geekosystem – Ignore Hitler Tumblr Puts Elaborate Drawings of Hitler in Every Draw Something Round
 Games Blog – Draw Something Tumblrs on, thanks to Pikachu and Hitler
 Kotaku – Ignore Hitler When You Play Draw Something With This Guy
 BuzzFeed – Why Draw Something Is Full Of Pictures Of Hitler
 DailyDot – Draw Something illustrator makes you Ignore Hitler
 Reddit – The Most Enjoyably Offensive Way To Play Draw Something
 Wikipedia – Draw Something
 Twitter – @IgnoreHitler
 Facebook – Ignore Hitler
 Happy Place – The Most Enjoyably Offensive Way to Play Draw Something
 YouPix – Tumblr Do Dia / Ignore Hitler
 Tumblr – Draw Some Pikachus
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Bruno the Rustler
May 16, 2012 at 07:52PM EDT
May 16, 2012 at 09:06PM EDT
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