…with the release of a clip by Lil Dicky, a 20-something Jewish rapper, having a digitally-manipulated throwdown rap battle with Hitler among other Nazi-slammin’ hijinks, all while rocking a hook with the following lyrics:

Dicky spit that Jewish flow
Lil Dicky spit that Jewish flow
Sicker than the holocaust
Dat muthaf*ckin jewish flow
That third reich raw
Concentration camp cold
Now we rollin in that mothaf*ckin dough
Das dat Jewish flow
Dicky spit that Jewish flow
Lil Dicky spit that Jewish flow
Sicker than the holocaust
Dat muthaf*ckin jewish flow
That Auschwitz sick, gas chamber kinda sh*t
Now I got german b*tches all up on ma d*ck
Das dat jewish flow.

ck got mad love for Lil’ Dicky for the:

most outrageous, hilariously ass kicking, offensive, stupid and inspiring lyrics I have heard from a Jew in a long time…

I am a fan, if you can call me that, for a different reason, one intimated in the title of this post.

Lil’ Dicky’s raunchy ridiculousness has made explicit what folks have been “doing” to the Shoah since it ended almost 70 years ago – making a mockery of it through cheap manipulation of its imagery, its “message” and its “meaning” for political purposes.

If everything is like the Shoah and everyone is like Hitler or the Nazis (see Godwin’s Law), then, well, what is the Shoah then?

I am gladdened by Lil’ Dicky’s seemingly outrageous sacrilege because he has not done anything more inappropriate than this guy:

“Ketchup is the Auschwitz of the tomatoes” – this was the comment of the chairman of the Organization of Tomato Growers in the Jordan Valley, in a speech he delivered at a stormy demonstration held by the tomato growers at the Knesset over the demand to increase the minimal amount of tomatoes that must be used for ketchup. Afterward, the chairman issued an explanation and an apology:

“First of all, I did not compare the Holocaust with ketchup. I said it’s like the Holocaust, meaning in the sense of what a disaster it is. And second of all, I am the grandson of Holocaust survivors, so it is inconceivable that I would belittle the Holocaust.

And third, if anyone has the right to belittle the Holocaust, it’s me, because I am a grandson of Holocaust survivors.

“But I am not comparing, I am not comparing – how can you compare? It was terrible, the Holocaust, it was absolutely terrible. And besides, what’s everyone attacking me for? What is this, the Gestapo?”

– Uzi Weil, The Back Page, Ha’ir

Oh, by the way, that story is a joke.  Uzi Weil is a satirist, but, man, it sounded legit, didn’t it?  Sad but true.

Or these Ultra-Orthodox kids (?!) dressed up by their parents to protest whatever they were wound up about in January of 2012… something to do with how the refusal of mainstream Israelis to separate men from women in the public sphere was like the Shoah…  does that even make sense?

2349077637This, sadly, is not satire.  It is an actual picture from an actual demonstration.  And it upset many Shoah survivors and political leaders and prompted the proposal of a law to ban such displays of symbols (which aroused protest from free-speech advocates… see what happens when you start tugging on a thread?)

If Lil’ Dicky can somehow get these folks to stop doing this by making any and all comparisons, appropriations, references or allusions to the Shoah so gauche and reminiscent of his over-the-top clip, then all I can say it should be b’sha’ah tovah u’mevurekhet – in a good and blessed hour.

But I doubt it.  Sigh.

 

 

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