If you're ever wondering whether you should dress up as a Nazi, just don't. The times when dressing as a Nazi is acceptable are, well, never. It's also never ok to dress up your five-year-old son as Hitler. That should go without saying, but of course, it's not.
Continuing humanity's yearly trend of dressing in tasteless and offensive costumes around Halloween, a picture of Bryant Goldbach of Kentucky dressed as a Nazi and his son dressed as Adolf Hitler sparked outrage online.
Goldbach claims the costume was originally meant to be historical, but quickly found himself doubting his decision when called out by several party-goers at a local trick-or-trunk party. Just after the party, Goldbach posted to Facebook defending the outfit:
Photos of Goldbach and his son prompted social media users to track down his Facebook, where they found many other examples of racism and memes which many would classify as examples of alt-right propaganda.
@verizon This is Bryant Goldbach, an employee of yours in Owensboro, KY. He enjoys cosplaying himself and his famil… https://t.co/VDzuJyeJtE— Tom Wolfson (@Tom Wolfson)1540569352.0
A man named of Bryant Goldbach decided it was ok to dress him and his son as Hitler and a Nazi soldier at Trail of… https://t.co/V2ATVYLndO— Adam #BlueWaveNov6 (@Adam #BlueWaveNov6)1540579269.0
Other pictures from his Facebook account. https://t.co/wY727Yx8h0— Adam #BlueWaveNov6 (@Adam #BlueWaveNov6)1540775280.0
@USATODAY The fact that he blames the backlash on the liberal left shows he hasn’t a clue.— Letzelfarm (@Letzelfarm)1540745170.0
However, Goldbach would later comment that he regretted the costume:
I think it was in bad taste for me to let my child to wear that, probably for me to wear that. It didn't occur to me. I thought it was a bad decision on my part.
A social media user summer up many people's feelings against the costume:
With all the hate in the world, it's bringing out more hate from the past. It's showing things that shouldn't be, not necessarily brought up, but romanticized.
Twitter wasn't buying Goldbach's apology:
Just some examples of Bryant Goldbach’s racism https://t.co/uhJNjuXqyU— Molly (@Molly)1540583676.0
@danhett His innocent "historical figures" line is bullshit. Bryant Goldbach is a white supremacist.… https://t.co/tUU9ZiCrw7— David Slack (@David Slack)1540616910.0
@Chili1756 @Davidlaz Just good clean, family fun. Guy says "what's the big deal, we like dressing up as historical… https://t.co/APcOZ71StW— (((Richard Arnold))) (@(((Richard Arnold))))1540755416.0
@Chili1756 @Davidlaz Unacceptable— Matthew Pacillas (@Matthew Pacillas)1540772637.0
@USATODAY The guy is obviously a Nazi sympathizer. He already had the uniform. That’s no costume.— Zooeysdad (@Zooeysdad)1540755642.0
@Miss_Marie___ Poor kids.— Erin (@Erin)1540591355.0
Prominent Rabbi Gary Mazo had this to say on the subject of dressing up as holocaust-related figures on Halloween:
A good rule of thumb would be: if your costume calls to mind an event where millions were killed, choose another costume. If the purpose of Halloween is to have fun - bigotry, anti-Semitism and racism are not fun. That should be common sense.
This is an A+ Troll from Rabbi Gary Mazo https://t.co/Aekj9TikMv https://t.co/G94HQXqTjM— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen)1540768433.0
Ultimately, however, Rabbi Mazo is glad Goldbach apologized, saying:
The fact that the father apologized is important; the fact he did not know the costumes would be offensive is a very sad reflection on our society.
Hate is rampant in our country. The news coming out of Pittsburgh is devastating. We pray for the families of the… https://t.co/LWxplKdJQc— Gary Mazo (@Gary Mazo)1540661597.0