No time for Hitler

When a student at Brooklyn’s Leon Goldstein High dressed up as Adolf Hitler for Halloween, his “parody” fell flat with teachers with family members who died in the Holocaust. He spent the day as a “POW” in the principal’s office.

Chalkboard’s Joe Williams, who says he spent his high school years drumming up silly free-speech issues, thinks the Hitler parodist missed a key point. Unlike Mel Brooks or Monty Python, he’s not funny.

Update: By contrast, a student dressed as a suicide bomber hammed it up at a Halloween party thrown by Penn’s president, Amy Gutmann. Saad Saadi even pretended to execute a hostage. Gutmann posed with the faux terrorist. Smiles all around.

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  1. “…the Hitler parodist missed a key point. Unlike Mel Brooks or Monty Python, he’s not funny.”

    Would that make it a Saturday Night Live-style parody?

  2. Joanne:

    You and the principal missed a point about the Hitler costume.

    Hitler costume is not a threat to anyone. He is only a sad memory. Most Nazis are long dead. Insensitive? YES. But people don’t die from “hyper sensitivity”.

    In contrast, suicide bombers are a threat to Jews and others in the here and now. Was Pres Gutman afraid of being accused of Islamophobia?

    Where was the ADL at U Penn?

    Imagined threats get first priority to outlaw – Hitler, Blackface, hanging skeletons; but real threats (suicide bombers) get a pass. I am confused.