Shalom Life | February 27, 2015

Just For Laughs’ Baby Hitler Poster Approved by Jews

Montreal’s show “Le prenom” approved by B’nai Brith

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: July 13th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Just For Laughs’ Baby Hitler Poster Approved by Jews

The Just For Laughs Festival received quite a bit of scolding from Jewish organizations regarding a poster for the show “Le prenom” that featured a photo of a cute, wide-eyed baby wearing a Hitler moustache. But the comedy festival chose not to remove all the posters throughout Montreal, and instead invited B’nai Brith Canada to attend the production before making a final judgment.

When B’nai Brith Canada first noticed the show’s poster, they claimed it rekindled dark memories for many of its’ members including Holocaust survivors. The organization asked that all posters for “Le prenom” (“The First Name”) be removed immediately.

A few members of the organization, including Steven Slimovitch, accepted Just For Laughs’ offer to see the show. After realizing the subject matter, the organization has changed its’ view of both the show and the poster.

"We're very much relieved by the fact that the show is essentially a condemnation of hatred, it's a condemnation of racism," B'nai Brith spokesman Steven Slimovitch said Thursday.

"Although perhaps we wouldn't have chosen that type of poster, we can understand where it came from and the important thing is the message and the message is that hatred is unacceptable."

‘Le prenom” is a Quebec adaptation of a play originally produced in France. It “revolves around the unfortunate choice of a name for a baby by a first-time father,” reports City TV.

Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs Festival President, not only approved the poster, but also explains that Jews have been satirizing Hitler for years.

"We understand it's a striking and controversial image but that's why we chose it, to be striking and controversial and bring attention to a very, very popular play," Nulman, who is Jewish himself, began.

"The fact of being able to laugh at one's oppressor empowered the Jews… This basically is more of the same. It comes from a very, very strong tradition in history," Nulman says in regards to Mel Brooks making “The Producers” and Jews spoofing Hitler during the Holocaust renaming him Horowitz.

The controversial poster remains up in Montreal.

Madonna’s Israeli Hacker Has Been Indicted Madonna’s Israeli Hacker Has Been Indicted TrendingJustin Bieber Begs Seth Rogen to Roast Him Justin Bieber Begs Seth Rogen to Roast Him TrendingJewish Hall of Fame: David Selznick Jewish Hall of Fame: David Selznick Trending
 

Rest in Peace, Mr. Spock. You Will Be Dearly Missed

February 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Rest in Peace, Mr. Spock. You Will Be Dearly Missed

Leonard Nimoy, actor, director, writer, musician, painter, and pop culture icon, dies at 83

Read More

Madonna’s Israeli Hacker Has Been Indicted

February 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Madonna’s Israeli Hacker Has Been Indicted

Adi Lederman has been officially charged on four counts including computer trespassing.

Read More

'Clueless' Soundtrack to be Released as Yellow and Black Plaid Vinyl

February 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
'Clueless' Soundtrack to be Released as Yellow and Black Plaid Vinyl

The seminal 90's soundtrack is being re-released for the film's 20th anniversary

Read More

Justin Bieber Begs Seth Rogen to Roast Him

February 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Justin Bieber Begs Seth Rogen to Roast Him

The pop singer reaches out to Rogen via Twitter in hopes he'll appear on his upcoming Comedy Central special.

Read More

Israeli Doctor Resorts to Crowdfunding to Treat Three-Year-Old Girl's Disease

February 27, 2015 | By NoCamels Team
Israeli Doctor Resorts to Crowdfunding to Treat Three-Year-Old Girl's Disease

Due to high expenses, Dr. Shomron sought to raise necessary funds for his patient from individual donors over the Internet

Read More

Madonna: Europe Feels like "Nazi Germany"

February 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Madonna: Europe Feels like "Nazi Germany"

"anti-Semitism is at an all time high" says the acclaimed singer/songwriter

Read More

Israeli Teen Wins First Round of European Chess Championship

February 27, 2015 | By Roi Yanovsky
Israeli Teen Wins First Round of European Chess Championship

17-year-old Itay Westreich beats current Israeli champion Victor Mikhalevski in first round of championship in Jerusalem

Read More

Organizers Halt Tel Aviv Marathon Due to Heat

February 27, 2015 | By Shahar Hay
Organizers Halt Tel Aviv Marathon Due to Heat

Two men participating in annual run lose consciousness due to heat stroke, both under sedation and ventilated; 75 others treated on scene; major streets closed off in Tel Aviv

Read More

More Headlines