The new Anne Frank exhibit will open 11 June 2003 by US First Lady Laura Bush at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is commemorating its 10th Anniversary from April 2003 to April 2004 through programs that underscore the resonance and urgency of the lessons of the Holocaust for todays world ( TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The vulgar outrage of the week came from the Harvard Lampoon, the “humor” magazine that published a sexualized cartoon of Anne Frank, the doomed Jewish teenager who wrote a world-famous diary of her time in hiding from the Nazis.
The vile cartoon has been denounced, and the editors of the Lampoon have issued an apology.
But I agree with a student petition demanding to know more about the creatures who did this.
In their apology, the Lampoon brass don’t really convey any understanding of what they did wrong. They claim they condemn anti-Semitism and they note that they’re conferring with the university’s Office of Diversity Education & Support.
Isn’t that special?
One problem – the true offense here has little to do with anti-Semitism or lack of “diversity education.”
It has to do with inhumanity.
Anne Frank was a little girl trapped in the horror of the Holocaust. She responded with wit, compassion, and both the innocence and wisdom of a child.
For a bunch of ignorant, entitled little jerks to exploit her image in such a cheap, disgraceful way speaks to profound dysfunction within themselves.
It is a tell, just as serial killers are often found to have harmed small animals when they were children.
Yes, let’s find out more about the creeps who did this.
For our protection, and theirs.
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