Harry Hamlin’s Sid Vicious Swastika — Why It’s Wrong
There’s a larger, shockingly obvious reason that Harry Hamlin’s costume causes controversy, and it’s sad I’ll have to map it out, since you’d think adults would act as such. There’s no humor associated with a symbol that represents one of the most painful times in our history. Yes someone else wore it and it’s simply a costume, but that doesn’t make it right. I realize Hamlin doesn’t advocate it’s intention, but that’s irrelevant. Wearing such a wretched image also keeps it in our consciousness, decensitizing society to its horror. I’d say the same about the use of the N word (in any context, no matter who speaks it) and to the use of black face. We should know better. And lastly, I am Jewish. That either makes me a biased observer or uniquely qualified to comment. You decide.