***I have no doubt the movie is tasteless and caustically absurd,***
Remember the audience reaction to the Springtime For Hitler song and dance in THE PRODUCERS with Zero Mostel?
Yes, I do remember the reactions. To this day, I am stunned that Zero Mostel got away with it. Perhaps only because he was Jewish, Zero was allowed to say these things.
The reactions I encountered were split between knee jerk condemnation by those who didn’t watch the whole film, wry acknowledgement of the inherent mockey of Nazism within both the lyrics and the somewhat effete rendering of the Nazis, and a thinly veiled exasperation from leftists who wish the spotlight on what Germany was and who Hitler really was to fade into history.
What you saw the most of depended on what circles you ran in.