Saturday, January 31, 2004

What would the people of Eastern Europe have done without David Hasselhoff? 

'Hasselhoff claims he had hand in Berlin Wall falling' - headline, January 29.

It really doesn't get any better than this:

Speaking to German magazine TV Spielfilm, Hasselhoff said in 1989, the year the wall fell, he had helped reunite the country by singing his song 'Looking for Freedom' among millions of German fans at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

He said he felt he had moved people on both sides of the wall, although he admitted hardly any of the East Germans could speak English. He said: "I find it a bit sad that there is no photo of me hanging on the walls in the Berlin Museum at Check-Point Charlie.

"After my appearance I hacked away at pieces of the wall that had the black, red and yellow colours of the German flag on it. I kept the big piece for myself and gave the smaller pieces to colleagues at Baywatch."

Hasselhoff has completely missed his contribution to freedom in the world. There is no question that Baywatch, in its time the most popular television show in the world (it was possible to understand without a deep grasp of American English), inspired more people to aspire for freedom than any song Mr. Hasselhoff may have sung to gathered Germans in November 1989.


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