A New York high school is staging The Producers, which features a deliberately terrible show within a show called Springtime for Hitler, but swastikas are verboten.
“There is no context in a public high school where a swastika is appropriate,” South Orangetown Superintendent Bob Pritchard told CBS2’s Tony Aiello.
What about a history textbook?
“It’s satire, not supposed to be taken seriously,” Tyler Lowe, a high school performer, told CBS2. He said as a young Jew, he’s not offended by the swastikas in the show.
“I personally think Mel Brooks would be honored that the controversy is going on, but I think he would be disappointed by the censorship,” Orangetown resident Lenora Mesibov said.
In the Mel Brooks comedy, producer Max Bialystock and accountant Leo Bloom try to put on a sure-fire flop to avoid paying back investors. They figure a musical glorifying Hitler is just the thing, but audiences find it hilarious.
If the superintendent can’t handle a swastika, why did Tappan Zee High choose to put a musical that includes lyrics such as “Don’t be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi party?”