Letters to the Editor

October 31, 2013

Ken Bryant: Hitler “parody” offensive

I read with disappointment and a certain feeling of bewilderment Judy Sly’s Oct. 27 column “Now, weighing in on Modesto issues, here’s ... Hitler?” If Sly’s account of former Councilwoman Janice Keating’s posting of a Hitler “parody” on YouTube is accurate, I have to questions Keating’s judgment.

I read with disappointment and a certain feeling of bewilderment Judy Sly’s Oct. 27 column “Now, weighing in on Modesto issues, here’s ... Hitler?” If Sly’s account of former Councilwoman Janice Keating’s posting of a Hitler “parody” on YouTube is accurate, I have to questions Keating’s judgment.

Over the last several years many community leaders, educators, groups and yes, even the Editorial Board of The Bee, have called for a return to civility in our society. I am in complete agreement with those advocating that.

Regardless of the issue, to use a depiction of such a historically despicable individual to draw attention to an opinion on any issue, etc., is in my opinion an example of the very type of rhetoric those advocates of civility are urging our society to discontinue. For a former city councilwoman to resort to this type of thing is particularly disgusting. I suggest Keating consider how offensive using such a “parody” is to some of her fellow citizens.

KEN BRYANT

Modesto

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