I would like to ask people around globe what is appropriate way to honor victims?
Artistic performances are fine as long as they do not insult the memory of cruelly murdered people. As an artist, I am shocked that there are carnivals which promote antisemitism.
Few days ago participants of Carnival in Campo de Criptana were dressed like Nazi soldiers and Jewish Holocaust victims, moreover a spokesman of the Chaparral Cultural Association had clarified that, the occasion did not intend to insult the victims but to honor them.
Is it ironic?
I wonder how following participants would feel if their family members were cruelly murdered in Holocaust, how would they react? Would they say that it was an act of honor?
I am sure they would be insulted.
Significantly, you do not express honor by creating shameful performances.
You express honor by standing with righteousness, and saying „NO” to racism, antisemitism.
The Israeli Government and Auschwitz museum have accused a carnival of “trivializing” the Holocaust. According to Spain`s foreign minister, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, she was horrified by the performance. On the contrary, The Carneval Troup from Las Mesas has emphasized that is was a message of consideration and respect. Promoting Nazism and“trivializing” the Holocaust is a shameful manner to express respect for the victims.
Equally important is to remind on Belgian carnival parade in Aalst which had similar performance and it was accused by United Nations of antisemitism and racism. Why Spanish carnival is different than Belgian parade? Furthermore, spokesman of the Aalst has clarified that the parade was just fun, it is their way of humor, hence, people could do whatever they want to.
Ironically that is how they have celebrated the freedom of speech.
Important to realize is devastating aspect when genocide becomes an object of fun.
In addition, genocide should never be a topic on shameful performances, it is not freedom of speech but an act of hate and stupidity which promotes hate.
To conclude, In order to reinforce freedom of speech you should promote peace and respect.