Wednesday, January 15, 2014

HPers Come Out in Force to Defend Dieudonne

The Huffington Post finally covered the news about French "comedian" Dieudonne and his track record of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionist, albeit in the weakest way possible. The article on him was headlined "Is Banning Dieudonne the Way to Go?", rather than a more objective headline like "French Comedian Accused of Anti-Semitism." The article text itself wasn't too bad for HP original reporting. It even posts some of the facts of this person's behavior:
"Dieudonné began his career, The New Yorker notes, as part of a comedic duo in which he and his Jewish counterpart exchanged racist jibes (Dieudonné's father was from Cameroon). But as a solo act, his apparent bigotry has become harder to digest, particularly when fans post pictures of themselves doing the quenelle in front of synagogues and Holocaust monuments.While the claim can be made that Dieudonné should not be punished for the actions of his followers, in France, it is a crime to incite racial hatred as well as to deny the Holocaust, two acts Dieudonné has been accused of and tried for several times, though he has not been convicted."
The article doesn't mention the inconvenient fact that Dieudonne just happens to declare himself an "anti-Zionist," but I'm sure that's just a coincidence.

The Huffington Post readership came out in force to defend Dieudonne by whining about lack of interest in other victims of bigotry (translation: Muslims) and by straight up agreeing with him.

Looks like Holocaust deniers are welcome on the Huffington Post as well.

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