Thursday, March 17, 2016

No Swastikas for You!

A high school a few miles up river from New York City stripped all instances of the swastika in its production of “The Producers,” a musical that follows the exploits of two dishonest Broadway producers who try to put on the world’s worst play, “Springtime for Hitler.” In doing so, the work mocks Nazism.

It’s difficult to get that point across if the swastika is scrubbed from the stage. But Bob Pritchard, superintendent for South Orangetown, told the local news the symbol under any circumstance was inappropriate.

A performer in the school’s play, who identified himself as a Jew, didn’t see a problem with the symbolism. “It’s satire, not supposed to be taken seriously,” he said.

“Contrary to what the district thinks, context does matter,” wrote Reason’s Robby Soave. “If a swastika appears on a Jewish student’s locker, it’s a hate crime. If it appears in a history textbook, it’s not. The danger comes when authority figures try to shelter kids from offensive ideas and symbols. It’s better to let them behold the swastika, and laugh at it, then live in fear of it.”



Bird of Paradise said...

I bet they would allow for the Hammer & Psycle of the communists party noting Mao was a worst mass murderer the hitler ever was

Anonymous said...

The pendulum has definitely swung to the left. Group think is now compulsory.

Stan B said...

Little wonder where "Generation Eggshell" got their start! Can't expose the little darlings, lest someone take offense, or some weak minded minion suddenly decide that a life of White Supremacy is the life for him!