Comedian Raybon Kan is defending a Holocaust joke as “anti-nazi” rather than making fun of Jewish victims.
Kan sparked outrage from Jewish groups after he suggested Germans should run Auckland’s transport system due to their experience during the Holocaust.
“Maybe Adidas should run Auckland public transport. Nice German company. They should know how to load thousands onto trains,” he tweeted.
Millions of Jewish people were killed under Germany’s Nazi regime.
Wellington Council of Christians and Jews secretary Dave Moskovitz said he hoped to speak to Kan about the offensive joke.
“When a third of your people were wiped out in one go it’s hard to find anything about the Holocaust funny.”
The real outrage here is that the old ‘fascists make trains run on time’ routine is the most boring, predictable observation anyone could make on this subject. And I fail to see why this is offensive to Jews. If anything it’s offensive to Germans, but they’ve got another decade or two before they can hop on the big outrage-go-round.
I’m also opposed to treating the holocaust as a topic of reverence on general grounds: systematic mass exterminations of humans are a routine, ongoing event in modern human history. Treating one historic atrocity with hushed awe ‘lest it ever happen again’ is pretty silly when ‘it’ happens all the time and nobody ever really cares that much.