Did Jesse James and West Coast Choppers use Nazi symbolism?

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Jesse James found himself in a good bit of hot water after the heavily-tattooed Michelle Bombshell McGee announced in In Touch Weekly that she had an affair with the chopper-building husband of Sandra Bullock while the actress was filming her award-winning movie Blind Side in Atlanta last year.

The temperature got turned up a notch when photos surfaced earlier this week of Michelle wearing a Nazi-themed costume complete with swastika armband and a World War II German officer’s hat. Soon after that documents from her divorce surfaced which revealed that her ex-husband Ronald Shane Modica had stated she is a white supremacist, mentally ill, abuses pills and chose a stripper name that’s the same as her son. And now TMZ is claiming they have a photo of Jesse in a similar Nazi hat to the one Michelle was wearing in her pictures, and that he is giving a Nazi salute! (UPDATE – CLICK HERE to see the photo!)

I guess I’d like to throw another log on the fire under the pot that Jesse James is boiling in with the observation that Nazi-themed elements play very heavily in the marketing of Jesse’s company West Coast Choppers. First there is the German Iron Cross logo that is on just about everything West Coast Choppers sells – here it is side-by-side with a German Iron cross from World War II:

West Coast Choppers Logo and the Nazi German Iron Cross medal

That could be written off as coincidence, but I ran across this poster online and I immediately thought of the Nazi eagle. I did a little surfing and found this eagle from the Nuremberg Rallies:

West Coast Choppers poster and Nazi Eagle from the Nuremberg Rallies

That is just plain creepy. And most of the Nazi symbols from the World War II era had the swastika turned 45 degrees, just like the West Coast Choppers Iron Cross in the poster. Here is an authentic sign from that era:

Nazi sign from the World War II era

I understand that the custom bike world is all about rebellion, but you have to draw the line at this kind of stuff. Whether Jesse was just using the taboo as a marketing ploy or he actually supports some sort of white supremacist philosophy, he should be ashamed.

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