There is a fine line between being incendiary and thought-provoking, and being straight up offensive. The owners of a new boutique in India seem to have gone way, way, over that line. Rajesh Shah is the co-owner of the Hitler boutique in Ahmedabad, India, and says he had no idea that naming his store after the former despotic leader of Germany would be so controversial. Shah claims he and his business partner actually named the store after the uber-strict grandfather of his business partner — nicknamed Hitler.
“Hitler was a nickname given to my business partner Manish Chandani’s grandfather because of his strict nature,” claims Shaw. “Frankly, till the time we applied for the trademark permission, I had only heard that Hitler was a strict man. It was only recently that we read about Hitler on the Internet.”
Keep reading »
“Hitler was pro-choice. He chose to send the Jews to Auschwitz. That was not their choice that was Hitler’s choice. Murderers, assassins and criminals are pro-choice. They choose to put a gun to your head and take your life. That is not your choice. That is their choice.”
— This is New York State Senator Ruben Diaz is a email newsletter, keeping the level of debate rational and not at all racheting up emotions for political gain. Sen. Diaz’s newsletter went out in response to the NY governor’s support of the Reproductive Health Act, which will allow women to get rare late-term abortions if the woman’s health is at risk or if the fetus has a fatal medical issue. Currently, late-term abortions are only legal if the life of the mother is at risk.
Of course, Sen. Diaz isn’t the first politician to invoke the Holocaust on the subject of abortion; slavery is also a popular comparison made by anti-abortion protesters. Alas, that doesn’t make doing so any more tasteful. [Politicker, Village Voice]
I like art a whole lot. And I love living in a country where people can create any kind of artwork they want without fear of being thrown in prison or killed. I’m guessing Nina Maria Kleivan, a Danish-Norwegian photographer, feels the same way. Eleven years ago, Kleivan created a series of photos of her infant daughter dressed as the world’s cruelest dictators, like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Idi Amin, Benito Mussolini and Saddam Hussein.
It begs the question: why, oh why, would a mother dress her baby up like Hitler? Keep reading »
The new issue of Heeb has got me downright confused. The hip Jewish magazine’s feature story, “That Oven Feelin’,” features pictures of Roseanne dressed as Hitler, baking and eating burnt “Jew cookies.” The crazy doesn’t stop at the photos. In a pretty shocking interview with the 55-year-old Jewish actress, Roseanne seems to have dropped off the sane-train since her television days. Now residing in Utah, Roseanne blogs and writes essays about menopause and medicine and tells Heeb she’s the reincarnated soul of Hitler. Also that macadamia nuts are the staple of perfection? What the putz!? [Heeb Magazine] Keep reading »
Lots of people have, understandably, been scrutinizing President Obama and his various decisions and policy moves since becoming President. But one GOP group in Maryland has taken it a little too far. Joyce Thoman, president of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County posted a letter on the group’s website stating that Obama and Hitler have a lot in common. Yes, Hitler. Last time I checked, comparing anyone to a guy who orchestrated the genocide of 6 million Jews is just not kosher.
Here are other choice pieces from her letter.
Keep reading »