All Germans are born with an inner desire. An unquenchable thirst. A yearning for something. That desire, that thirst, that yearning are for none other than David Hasselhoff aka The Hoff. However, due to some unfathomable reason, whenever you ask Germans this, they’ll deny it to their core.
The Hoff has been credited with many things in his life, such as unbridled manliness and looks so stunning they’ll bring tears to your eyes.
But perhaps his greatest claim to fame is bringing down the Berlin Wall – single-handedly, mind you – in 1989.
After the Second World War, Germany was divided between the Communist East Germany and Capitalist West Germany. The Berlin Wall – meant to divide the great city – became a symbol of the struggle of the German people. But on New Year’s Eve 1989 the fate of the East Germans was to change forever. David Hasselhoff got on stage during a concert near the Berlin Wall and performed his then No.1 hit single “Looking for Freedom” to cheers and applause from the crowd.
But unbeknownst to The Hoff and the crowd in West Berlin, the East Berliners heard it too. And even though they spoke barely any English, the desire for freedom burned in their hearts upon hearing this song. This event brought down the Berlin Wall that same year and led to German Reunification a year later.
The Hoff’s contributions were forgotten in the media frenzy over the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe which he triggered through his music. But I honor him for it and so do others. For some reason though, if you ask Germans they’ll just roll their eyes and tell you that for the ten thousandth time, they do not like The Hoff nor do they refer to him by that name. Jeez, I wonder why that is.
P.S: If you have a yearning for more from The Hoff, check out “Hooked on a Feeling”.