A man dressed himself and his son as a Nazi soldier and Hitler for Halloween
There’s a lot of really awful, depressing things that have been happening this year. Here’s yet another one. Bryant Goldbach, a resident of Owensboro, Kentucky, decided to dress his young son as Hitler and himself as a Nazi solider for trick-or-treating. His reasoning? Well, according to him, he really “loves” history.
Goldbach took to Facebook after a night of trick-or-treating as Nazis, to complain that he had received unfair treatment on the street. Shocking, right?
“We saw people dressed as murderers, devils, serial killers, blood and gore of all sorts. Nobody batted an eye,” he wrote. “But my little boy and I, dress as historical figures, and it merits people not only making snide remarks, but approaching us and threatening my little 5 year old boy.”
Goldbach then pointed a finger at liberals and said that he “had the displeasure of dealing with the fruits of the so called ‘Tolerant Left.'”
Okay, there’s a lot to break down here. Those devils and gory characters that Goldbach is referring to are NOT real people. They’re fictional. Hitler, on the other hand, actually murdered millions of people, ripped apart families, oversaw widespread persecution, and terrorized the Jewish community for years. So, nope, you can’t really set up any comparison between dressing up as fake characters and dressing up as a man who took away so many lives. Also, let’s not forget that anti-semitism is still fully alive and well in 2018.
The fact that Goldbach didn’t seem to understand why dressing up as Hitler and a Nazi would be upsetting to people is baffling to say the least. And for the record, it’s not his five-year-old son’s fault that his father is vile and put him in the costume. No one should be threatening him for his father’s ignorance and cruelty.
Goldbach has since stepped back and offered an apology. “I think it was in bad taste for me to let my child to wear that, probably for me to wear that. It didn’t occur to me,” he said, per Tristate Homepage. “I thought it was a bad decision on my part.”
Meanwhile, Rabbi Gary Mazo, of Temple Adath B’nai Israel, released a statement that very eloquently explained why Hitler and Nazi costumes should never be worn. He also expressed disappointment that Goldbach didn’t grasp why he shouldn’t have bought those costumes in the first place.
“The fact that the father apologized is important; the fact he did not know the costumes would be offensive is a very sad reflection on our society. A good rule of thumb would be: ‘if your costume calls to mind an event where millions were killed, choose another costume,'” Mazo said. “If the purpose of Halloween is to have fun – bigotry, anti-Semitism and racism are not fun…This is not being ‘politically correct’ this is simply being respectful, understanding and kind.”