The Sky vote reflects a brief synopsis of the attitude of Britain, when 50% of the viewers dismiss this effrontery as ‘harmless fun’. Do they not know that many, many died so that these priveledged few can live the life of Riley?. Yet they mock them. LEST THEY FORGET! – already forgotten?
World of difference between what Freddie Starr did and this incident. If you watched the various discussions last night someone brought this up. Freddie Starr deliberately made his character to be so ridiculous that one could not interpret anything into it except to laugh at it. However in the current incident I sense no attempt to be funny or attempt at parody with this particular photograph. I dont know if it was an in-joke – being that his family originated from Germany – Sax-Coburg – even then the joke is still lost on us. I live in Germany – it creates offence here too – especially as this year is the 60th aniversary of the freeing of Auschwitz – in two weeks time – If you were not aware of that you should watch the BBC2 series that started last Tuesday. I am concerned that the the Sky news poll indicates that 59% nearly 60% called it harmless fun – 11,000 votes. Whether this is an indication of what I have always suspected to exist in England – that a latent racism exists. Comic scenes like the John Cleese episode in Fawlty Towers, Springtime for Hitler in The producers allow us to reflect on our own predjudices – I saw no attempt at this in the photograph. It may have been a stupid, crass idea from a young person thinking this was a bit of a laugh – however this is relatively recent history – members of his family lived through this period as did many others still alive – and there are still people perpetuating these ideas and denying that atrocities carried out by people wearing that uniform took place. It is the lightness in which some people seek to excuse this incident which is of concern because once our guard falls these ideas begin to grow again – that is for me the greatest danger and it saddens me that there may still be fertile soil in England where these ideas can plant seed again – These are not laughing matters.
Bet his granddad thinks it’s “harmless fun” too – and his grandma…doesn’t. Maybe he thinks like his rellie [um, what’s Eddiebaby VII, the pro-Nazi, to him – royal genealogy not my strong point]. What a right knockwurst (sp?) he made of himself.
Ok guys, let’s break this down. Prince Harry was wearing a costume at a fancy dress party. That’s all it was. Why isn’t prince William being critisied for going dressed as a lion because, you know, a man got eaten by a lion once.
Just because he went dressed as a Nazi to a party doesn’t mean he’s being disrespectful to anyone. If he went round saying, ‘Yes, I’m a facsist and all Jews are dirty theives and should be killed’, they you may have a point. But people, please, it was just a fancy dress party.
Although thinking about it, maybe you are right and I better throw my Oliver Cromwell costume in the bin just incase in insult the one quarter of me that’s Irish, heaven forbid.
daved2424+Jan 13 2005, 07:01 PM–>(daved2424 @ Jan 13 2005, 07:01 PM) Although thinking about it, maybe you are right and I better throw my Oliver Cromwell costume in the bin just incase in insult the one quarter of me that’s Irish, heaven forbid.
Don’t even think of mentioning that Cromwell murdering scum!
What that Harry dude done was very very bad taste, anyone with half a brain can see that! Hmm does he have half a brain? It was probably his grandfathers idea anyway!