‘Downright insulting and disgusting’: viewers hit SBS to broadcast comedic sketch featuring Nazi swastika painted on a woman’s bald head
SBS has been slapped for airing a comedy sketch this week depicting the Nazi swastika.
The offensive symbol, representing the deaths of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, appeared on Wednesday’s episode of The Feed, a satirical current affairs program.
The sketch joked about the trend of Australians getting extreme hairstyles during COVID-19 lockdown and saw actors Jenna Owen and Vic Zerbst get a buzzcut from their ‘stylist’ Alex Lee.
Recoil: SBS has been slammed to broadcast a comic sketch depicting the Nazi swastika this week
After her hair was shaved, Vic’s character was shocked to discover that on the back of her head was a birthmark in the shape of the swastika.
Alex’s character admitted that the birthmark was “very racist,” which led Vic to declare, “But I’m Jewish!
The sketch ended with Vic’s character sharing her deep regret at the unhappy haircut and telling the camera, “I’m a crazy bald Nazi.”
Offensive: The symbol, representing the death of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, appeared on Wednesday’s episode of The Feed, a satirical current affairs program
Viewers didn’t see the humor, however, and many shot SBS on Facebook for airing the sketch.
‘Funny? No. The symbol will never be funny. Disgusting? Absolutely, ‘said one person below the video, who’s shared on SBS’s Facebook page.
“People who think this is even a little bit funny – or okay, should be taught why at least it isn’t funny, it’s downright insulting and disgusting,” added another.
The response was so extreme that SBS was forced to respond with a public statement.
‘The symbol will never be funny’: viewers did not see the humor and many shot the SBS on Facebook for letting the sketch go to air
From the team behind the play, “Our sketch, co-written by a young Jewish comedian, is in no way an endorsement of anti-Semitism, Nazism or hatred,” SBS wrote on his Facebook page.
Humor is powerful, and reclaiming symbols of hate is a way to fight oppression. We hope this sketch is looked at with that understanding, ”she added.
The Holocaust took place between 1941 and 1945 and was the systematic, state-sponsored murder of 6 million Jews – and millions more – by Nazi Germany and its associates.
The swastika symbol was used by Nazi Germany as a symbol of hatred and racial prejudice.
“Humor is powerful and reclaiming symbols of hate is a way to fight oppression”: The response was so extreme that SBS was forced to respond with a public statement