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Life imitates “South Park”: Hitler costume in school

November 1, 2006

Cartman as Hitler in school (on left)The TV show “South Park” is usually brilliant satire of real life and current events. But rarely does life imitate the craziness of South Park.

Yesterday, in Brooklyn, it did.

A high-school student wore what was believed to be a Charlie Chaplin outfit to school for Halloween. But after the child removed his overcoat and bowler-style hat when arriving at school, he was actually wearing an Adolf Hitler costume! D’oh! Link

Granted, he did NOT win the costume contest.

From the AP (Link):

Walter Petryk, 16, defended his costume Tuesday, insisting it was a satire of the Nazi dictator.

But some students and officials at Leon M. Goldstein High School were not impressed.

School administrators ordered the junior honors student to remove his beige coat bearing a red swastika armband or possibly face spending the day in the office, Petryk told the New York Post for Wednesday editions.

Petryk refused, saying his parody was protected by his right to freedom of expression.

Petryk’s stepfather, Howard Bloom, who is Jewish and lost relatives during the Nazi genocide, told the Post he was initially “very disturbed” by the costume but nonetheless defended his stepson’s rights.

“If he had wanted to advocate my genocide, I wouldn’t have allowed” the costume, Bloom said. “That wasn’t the spirit in which he was doing this at all. He was doing it in the spirit of Monty Python and Mel Brooks.”

In a famous early episode of South Park titled “Pink Eye”, the porky Eric Cartman wore a Hitler costume to school, which caused the school principal to freak out and show Eric the educational film “Dressing Like Hitler in School Isn’t Cool.” Eric didn’t quite get the message.
The principal made efforts to put a sheet over Cartman’s head to turn him into a ghost and hide the racist costume. However, Cartman ended up looking like a hooded Klu Klux Klan member. Not an improvement. (more on the episode at Wikipedia)

  1. damien permalink
    March 24, 2008 5:49 pm

    good for him i am going to wear a hitler outfit to school on april 11 and i should be able to as a right of expressing myself i think that these people let the past into thier lives way too much

  2. Krestan K permalink
    April 21, 2008 10:25 pm

    I agree completley. You should be able to wear whatever you want, say whatever you want. It was not ment to be hateful.

  3. jeidsness permalink
    March 14, 2009 7:26 pm

    I dunno if i am ready to congratulate somebody for the attention they are getting for doing something they could reasonably predict would be interpreted as hurtful… but it’s a shame that the adults in his community do not have the understanding nor the self discipline to deal with the situation in a reasonable and/or mature manner.

  4. naomi permalink
    March 17, 2009 1:10 am

    Total hate crime! Anyone should be able to wear what he/she chooses! I’m German, and I am going to be wearing a Hitler costume for Halloween this year! Bring ittttttt

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