Skip to comments.Harry the Nazi: a defence of the idiot prince
Posted on 01/13/2005 5:47:48 PM PST by veronica
So, Prince Harry, the nightmheir to the throne, has put his intellectually subnormal foot in it again. Prince Williams half-witted half-brother attended a fancy dress party held by Richard Meade, the triple Olympic gold medallist (1968 & 1972), and his fancy dress consisted of Rommel shirt with a bright red Nazi armband on the sleeve. Oh, and he had a fag on. A veritable tsunami of bad taste.
Harry has been drawing a lot of flack for this gaff. Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, leader of spiritual leader of the Whitefield Hebrew Congregation in Manchester, described the photo of a swastika-adorned Prince as "a most unfortunate gift to neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers." Michael Howard, leader of the Conservative Party (a fringe British political group), who is himself Jewish, said "I think a lot of people will be disappointed to see that photograph and it will cause a lot of offense."
So far, not a single voice has been raised in support of the plonker's actions. However, we at the London News Review are staunch fans of Harry and are ready and willing to mount a clumsy defence:
Our defence of Prince Harry
1. Prince Harry is sensationally stupid. Seriously, the lad is practically retarded, so its appropriate to cut him some slack. Its a small miracle every time he finds his mouth with his cigarette, so the fact that he would put on a Nazi armband and not think at any point that this might possibly be a really really wrong thing to do, is perfectly understandable. Questions must be asked of the people around him: his friends, his carers, his bodyguards. Did no one think to mention to the dribbling moron that maybe the pretty red armband with the funny black squiggle in the middle was maybe best left in the limo? Would you blame a coma victim for wetting the bed? No. So dont be too harsh on Harry.
2. The theme of the fancy dress party, thrown by famous horseman and friend of Prince Charles, Richarde Meade, was believe it or not Colonials and Natives. Oh lordy. Colonials and Natives? What the **** are these people on? What century are they living in? Colonials and Natives? It beggars belief. Why not Imperialists and Nig Nogs? Or would that have been bad taste? So anyway, a fair share of the blame for Harrys outfit must surely go to the imbecilic Richarde Meade and his appalling choice of party theme.*
3. Where did Harry get the armband? Presumably he went for advice to his grandfather, who delightedly threw open his closet doors to reveal rack upon rack of Gestapo jackets stormtrooper boots. Or maybe Prince Philip simply slipped off his dressing gown to reveal his own swastika armband, which he rolled off and pressed lovingly into Harrys upturned palm. Now off you go, you young scamp, and have fun.
4. No one seems to have wondered: perhaps Prince Harry didnt realize it was a fancy dress party? Its possible he just came on from a meeting, and didnt have time to change. In which case it is heartening to see that he has developed an interest in politics. An early brush with fascism didnt do Ricky Tomlinson any harm, so lets go easy on Harry: he may well grow out of it, and soften in his politics towards Stalinism instead.
5. Most crucially: this was a fancy dress costume. In this context, the Nazi uniform has become a novelty, a bit of fun. This is surely a good thing. It is wrong to be scared of it: if we let the taboo linger, if we draw an amazed breath when we see Harry sporting the emblem of the Nazi party, then the swastika still has its power. So much better for us to think of it as a daft (yet undeniably stylish) outfit in a fancy dress shop, hanging alongside a wizards garb, a policemans uniform and a fairy costume. To treat the swastika in this way is not in any way to deny the seriousness and horror of the holocaust, but to remove the last vestiges of power from the Nazis. Little does Harry realize it, but his wearing of the swastika is an important political statement: it is the militant trivialization and belittling of Nazism. Mel Brooks should think about finding a bit part for him in the Producers. I bet he throws a wonderful salute.
*Prince William went in a skin-tight leopard costume with tail and claws: a cleverly diplomatic outfit, although one has to ask what the heir to the throne was doing attending a party which had the theme 'Colonials and Natives'. Might it not have been more politically astute to have feigned a headache, stayed at home and watched a DVD of Zulu Dawn instead?
I don't find that amusing.
"but to remove the last vestiges of power from the Nazis"
even if tongue in cheek: this is a good obervation; going camp with it certainly does trivialize any serious impact of the symbol
Oh. Sorry, forgot the title for the animation: Hitler Time!
Too much inbreeding. They are all retarded.
I understand the "half-witted" part, but I thought that William and Harry shared the same set of parents; are they really half-brothers?
Rumor has it that Harry is not the son of Charles.
Still not funny.
Has anyone ever stopped to think that for some people the swastika doesn't symbolize racism and Nazi death dealing, but a proud old way of life that died out in 1945? Like saying "Mein Herr," or "Meine Dame," out of respect for one's elders, and Mutti's Apfel Strudel? And what about all the brave soldiers who died for their homeland, who fought under the banner of the Swastika, but never had a stake in the anti-Semitism of the Nazis?
I give up.
But I think I heard a snicker.
Still not a wise move on his part. Which is why I'm glad not to be royalty.
Ok, I just thought about it.
Must be the voices in your head.
I don't know why Parliament doesn't require DNA tests of all the royals. Would put rumors like this to bed--or bear them out.
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