What other cultures can we suppress?

A disturbing development:

The fashion chain Zara has withdrawn a handbag from its stores after a customer pointed out that the design featured swastikas.


As well as being the Nazi symbol, the swastika is also a religious symbol for Hindus and Buddhists.

What disturbs me about this is that if the Nazis had adopted, say, the Crucifix or, perhaps, the Great Seal, would there be such a hubbub.

Yes, they were scumbags but does this mean we have to throw out Hindu and Buddhist culture? What does this mean for the Black Leather Trenchcoat? Does Lightning McQueen sport the lightning symbol on his bodywork because he is paying homage to the SS (Schutzstaffel)?

There’s one thing in refusing to glorify or edify the wrongdoers of the past. That’s not what the handbag makers were doing. But this insistence on removing everything that might possibly offend anyone is only going to lead us to Equilibrium.

Yes. That’s a bad thing. (it wasn’t all about cool guys fighting with guns and swords….no really….)

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4 Responses to What other cultures can we suppress?

  1. Mark says:

    Isn’t the use of the swastika symbol actually illegal, at least in Germany?

  2. matt says:

    Yes, another stupidity.

    Because if we hide it away, we’re sure to remember it.

  3. Mark says:

    Apparently a german cardinal calling an art show “degenerate” makes him a “Nazi sympathiser” because the Nazi’s used the word “degenerate” in their propaganda. link

  4. matt says:

    What’s more surprising is that it was the BBC correspondent making news out of this:

    The BBC’s Marianne Landzettel says this was no off-the-cuff remark by the cardinal, delivered in a sermon in Cologne Cathedral, but was precisely scripted.

    “degenerate art” Trademarked by the Nazi Party in 1937?

    I’m sure, at some point, Hitler used the words “Guten Tag!” Anyone saying those words is therefore making a tribute! Why can’t we remember these twunts for the horrific things they did and not this tripe. Or is this an attempt to get some obscure art gallery onto the headlines on the BBC?

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