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VOTE OR DIE: German Students Will Slaughter This Lamb Unless You Say ‘Nein’

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on April 26, 2012

“The guillotine is the most compact reflection of our society.” –Rouven Materne

Want to see this lamb slaughtered, live, online? All you have to do is click “Ja” at Die-Guillotine.com.

Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne, two students at the Berlin University of the Arts, hatched a plan to teach the world about democracy in an online world (hopefully they factored in Troll Clout). The pair built a homemade guillotine, painted it anomalous Day Glo bright colors and uploaded themselves to YouTube literally leading a lamb to slaughter. Rezai and Materne say they will do it if the yeas have it.

With 21 days remaining, more than 400,000 people have cast their vote. So far, the lamb is feeling lucky, with two-thirds of those votes going safely in the “Nein” column.

(UPDATE: With more than 2 million votes cast and 16 days left, the lamb’s safety is still not assured — right now it’s about 1.1M to 928K in its favor.)

The university says this project is not related to the school and that the pair has no intention of actually killing the lamb. Rezai and Materne seem serious about the follow-through, saying the lamb will not suffer if it comes to it. But we’d have a hard time believing they’d actually do it.

Of course, what controversy would be complete without the beloved NMA animation:


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