Monday, June 11, 2012

Hitler moustache joke gets boy Jewish treatment

Hang the bastard
Dear Roger Cameron, Headmaster of St John’s College,
Laughter is the best medicine. Don’t take it you die and that’s no JOKE.
That’s what they could be saying about South Africa if we carry on the way we are going. The slightest thing said or done in jest gets blown out of all proportion.
Of course the media is no help and nor are headmasters it seems. They just love turning a flicker of a flame into a blazing inferno.
It’s usually around some racial issue or other.
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Now this that’s not funny movement is even stifling mirth at our schools.
Your St John’s College, that posh Anglican establishment in Johannesburg has, as you know, just hit the headlines over what has been described as an anti-Semitic, Hitler related assembly.
Thursday was supposed to be a fun day at your college where it will cost well over R100 000 a year to send a child to get a world class Christian education. But didn’t you or any of your fellow teachers think that you were asking for trouble by having a Moustache Day?
How could you not have realised that the most famous one in history was bound to make an appearance when you encouraged pupils to show their ingenuity by seeing who could arrive with the best artificial moustache as judged by their peers,?
And sure enough it did.
As you know a 13 year old boy caused a right stir by going on stage sporting that strip of black hair that has become the trade mark of one of the most notorious butchers the world has ever known. The boy made things even worse by having a Hitler hairstyle to go with it. To cap it all he greeted his fellow students with Siege heil, the Nazi salute.
As one would expect this caused a great deal of laughter and a lot of boys stood up and returned the salute.
But didn’t the Jew at your school, who sent a letter of protest to you, do exactly what you and the media subsequently did and that was to blow the incident completely out or proportion?
Comedian Herring again
The Jewish boy wrote that he was so disgusted because the entire school seemed to bear no second thought when seemingly admiring this man. Whether you are Jewish or not does not matter, because of the evil things he did in his life – no one can possibly argue that Adolf Hitler was a man to be admired by anyone.
What a lot of garbage. This is very twisted Jewish logic. To even suggest that a 13 year old boy at your school, who puts on a Hitler type moustache on an occasion like this, is an admirer of the Nazi leader is, as I have just said, absolute rubbish. It is just as much nonsense to claim that this joke showed how the entire school admired Hitler.  
In his letter to you the Jewish boy certainly poured on the agony by telling you how members of his family had been killed by the Nazis and how he had been forced to leave school early because of the pain and hurt inside me.
He then told you he didn’t want the culprits punished but he merely wanted them to understand that their behaviour was unacceptable.
That’s another bit of hogwash. Of course he wanted them punished otherwise he wouldn’t have made such a big thing out of the incident and had his views splashed all over the internet.
When I was at school boys who went whining to the headmaster found out soon enough that it is not something to be recommended. But things have got a lot softer since my day so Mr Cameron, perhaps you will be calling in the school’s protection squad to make sure nothing untoward happens to our Jewish crusader.
And of course you yourself did nothing but stir the pot with what seems to be some relish. In your letter addressed to the St John’s Community that was posted on your school’s website you said, This has caused much distress and anger amongst staff, boys and our wider community.
Isn't 'Natives' very non u now?
If I may say so Mr Cameron this is a sensational, generalisation that would have made even the News of the World proud. And it did absolutely nothing to put the whole thing in prospective. It just made it worse.
We all know how the Nazis massacred 6-million Jews, but you had to go on and on about it.
And just to make sure the pressure will be kept up on this little Nazi loving boy, you said that certain pupils and staff will address the assembled school on the following Thursday indicating why the action was ill-conceived and wrong.
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But don’t you remember that a couple of days after this crime against humanity was committed all your Housemasters told their boys why this had been offensive and insensitive. Talk about labouring the point. Now they are all going to be told the same thing over again. 
You said the Prefect in charge and the boy concerned had apologised for the insensitivity and hurt and that they both had no intention of offending anyone.
Of course they didn’t. Can’t you and the rest of your staff get it into your heads that it was a joke, JOKE, made on an occasion where the entire theme was do your best to be amusing.
But between you and that Jewish stirrer you have made it into something it was not. The Jews are always complaining that they are being persecuted, but that is exactly what has happened here, quite unjustifiably, to the 13 year old boy and the Prefect who was in charge.
Jon, a founding member of the International Ban All Humour Society.

P.S. I see Wikipedia says that one of your school traditions that no longer exists is Jocular Thursday, although it may be reintroduced in the future. I wouldn’t take any chances if I was you. You never know what the little brats will get up to next. They could easily cause the next World War if you are not careful.

P.P.S. This sort of thing would never have happened at Bishops old boy. As you know that’s a Church school in Cape Town that’s even posher than yours.
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