Ken Bryant: Hitler “parody” offensive

10/31/2013 3:54 PM

10/31/2013 3:56 PM

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.



Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

The Modesto Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service