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Dirk Nowitzki eats German sausage in bank commercial, vegetarians freak out (video)

Jan 15, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

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Recently, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki did an advertisement with Ing-Diba bank in his native home of Germany.

The commercial shows Dirk entering a butcher’s shop and being offered some wurst sausage from behind the counter.

At first glance, it appears that the advertisement is harmless enough but for some reason, German vegetarians were not pleased with Dirk chowing down on meat:

In the shop an elderly lady behind the counter gives Nowitzki a slice of wurst to sample. A propos of wurst-eating she asks him: “What did we always used to say?” she asks the 2.13 meter (7-foot) basketball whiz just as he is about to munch his sausage. “So you grow big and strong,” Nowitzki replies.

First impressions of the ad are that it is folksy and nostalgic. But take a second look and that’s when it hits. What is the butcher shop lady giving the player recently voted German Athlete of the Year? Wurst! Dead and ground-up animal! It was enough to unleash a barrage of complaints by vegetarians on the bank’s Facebook page. The bank responded by appealing to followers to deal with the issue with the “greatest possible respect.”

So, I guess we still live in a world that an NBA Finals MVP can’t eat Wurst sausage in a commercial without someone freaking out:

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Nowitzki’s German Wurst Ad Has Vegetarians All Riled Up [World Crunch]

  1. goforthanddie - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Nice to know Germany shares our animal-nut infestation.

  2. trbowman - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I love Deutschland

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    That is one heckuva language.