Iron Sky marketing mistaken for news. Moon Nazis become a frightening reality.

January 18th, 2010 by Jarmo Puskala
Has a Swastika shape been found on the moon?

Has a Swastika shape been found on the moon?

This weekend a new thread was posted on the Internets’ biggest conpiracy website, Above Top Secret. The thread started with a starling claim:

The photos reveal a structure in the Schroedinger crater near the southern lunar polar region; official sources have failed to provide an explanation for it. Scientists are baffled by the discovery, and numerous UFO and conspiracy researchers have interpreted it to prove the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence.

And not only that, looking at the picture there was no change of mistake, the huge structure was shaped like a swastika. It quickly gathered several pages of discussion and soon was one of the most popular topics on the site. By end of sunday over 11,000 people have clicked trough the link to read the news.

It was just the kind of news people browse conspiracy theory forums for, something that would change the world as we know it. And they’d be the first to know. There was just one small problem. The news was published on a newspaper called “The Truth Today“.

The Truth Today paperboy distributes newspapers at the Berlin film festival.

The Truth Today paperboy distributes newspapers at the Berlin film festival.

Yeah, you might remember we gave away The Truth Today at the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals. After that we also set up a website to archive all the great stories people from Wreckamovie had written. Volunteers are to start updating the Truth Today website with fresh articles soon, but lately the paper has lived a quiet life as we’ve gotten ready to start the production.

Apparently it was all a well-meaning mistake, the original poster hadn’t checked rest of the stories before posting the story on ATS. It didn’t take long before people started pointing out that it’s all just marketing for the film Iron Sky. Still, even on page 6 of the discussion some are still wondering if the picture has been Photoshopped. Some have even been going over Nasa’s employee records to prove there is no Roslyn Villacorta working there!

Honestly, we’re all very flattered by this. I barely had 15 minutes to Photoshop that picture so I’m really happy it stand up to scrutiny!

The story has now been moved from the conspiracy forums to the movie forum, wich is quite an elegant move from the moderators in a situation like this. Hopefully no one feels hoaxed, because we honestly never have tried to pass The Truth Today off as a real newspaper. And quite frankly I never imagined it even could be mistaken for a real news (something many commentators also pointed out).

And remember – don’t believe everything you read. Anywhere.

-Jarmo

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107 Responses to “Iron Sky marketing mistaken for news. Moon Nazis become a frightening reality.”

  1. [...] Außerirdischen sind die Nazis” begrüßt; jetzt geht der Spaß in die nächste Runde: eine viertelstündige Photoshopperei, die ein Hakenkreuz auf der Mondoberfläche zeigt, wurden in einer Diskussion auf der [...]

  2. Robert says:

    I don’t know I should congratulate you on your marketing, or be amazed at the continued stupidity of conspiracy wackos who think they actually understand the concept of critical thinking.

    That is.. assuming that the linked website isn’t just another good viral marketing job for the coming movie ;) LOL

  3. Howard Lame says:

    And in five minutes somebody pointed out it was your viral campaign. Call the news.

    There’s a word for this.. just a sec.. lame?

  4. [...] Außerirdischen sind die Nazis” begrüßt; jetzt geht der Spaß in die nächste Runde: eine viertelstündige Photoshopperei, die ein Hakenkreuz auf der Mondoberfläche zeigt, wurden in einer Diskussion auf der [...]

  5. Sun Stealer says:

    I hope this becomes a popular conspiracy theory like the Loch Ness Monster or the Men In Black.

  6. Len says:

    LOL…nazi’s on the moon. That’s some funny sh*t!

    There is a website called godlikeproductions.com and i promise you if someone posted this page on the site 85% of the people would believe it. You almost had me until i used critical thinking like…wtf?

  7. [...] Space Nazis attack the earth. Nawt! [...]

  8. [...] Die völlig begeisterungswürdige Legendenbildung zum Filmhintergrund von “Iron Sky” hat übrigens bereits ihren Weg in einschlägige Verschwörungstheorieforen gefunden, wo jetzt Aufklärung der rätselhaften Hakenkreuzfunde in Mondkratern (siehe pic oben) gefordert wird. Und einen Inglourious Basterds Mashup (siehe unten) haben sie auch noch für uns. Weiter so, Jungs! (energia blog) [...]

  9. vasile says:

    @Len

    I think many people at godlikeproductions have a habit of requiring links for every such shocking story told there.
    If you post this on glp, they’ll “debunk” it in a few posts.

  10. [...] film is pro-Nazi propaganda. That’s right up there with the crazy conspiracy theorists who mistook Iron Sky’s clever spoof newspaper, The Truth Today, for actual proof that a Nazi base had [...]

  11. [...] fortress found on the Moon still circulates as true, even though we thought this was cleared up the last time it happened. [...]

  12. Are you denying that Iron Sky is nothing but a ploy to enable ‘The Powers That Be’ to claim plausible denyability?

    When the secrecy of long-dormant government documents gets revoked, and the facts start pouring out, they will be able to simply point to your movie and say that ‘people watch too much television…’

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  17. Bullshit says:

    “Some have even been going over Nasa’s employee records to prove there is no Roslyn Villacorta working there!”

    Bullshit. NASA doesn’t hand out its employee records to passers-by.

  18. This looks like Orson’s War of the Worlds thing 30 October 1938 all over again. If there is anything indicated by all of this, other than the Photoshop of the swastika, is that history does repeat itself, or least there are deep structures that re-emerge (three cheers for, Lévi-Strauss, Piaget, and Foucault!). Only the details are different. It is Friday night – hee haw night for me and to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF-F67OUEAw&feature=g-vrec, where, yes, this photo gazed at by a column of believers. This might even beat the one about lizard people that live in holes and come out at night to eat people. For a hoot, go to You Tube, “Red Elk Underground Civilizations”.

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