Is This One of the Most Offensive Videos Ever Made?

Way to keep it classy.
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Way to keep it classy.
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You know it's going to be a special day when you wake up to twoseparate articles in your e-mail in-box that ask whether a certain YouTube video is one of the most offensive ever put on the internet.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day begins this Sunday, April 27th and lasts through the following evening. The event is meant to honor the six-million Jews and the millions of others killed during the execution of Hitler's "final solution." As you can imagine, it's a solemn time for many people of the Jewish faith, but beyond that, even to the secular there's the incomprehensible human cost that's worth remembering and honoring. Regardless of what you believe about the creation of the universe or the hereafter, the Holocaust was an example of mankind at its absolute, horrific worst, and there's a lesson in it for all of us, one that should never be allowed vanish from our collective consciousness.

Which brings us to the video: a three-and-a-half minute clip from everyone's favorite confused religious underdogs, Jews for Jesus, released as part of the lead-up to Sunday. It starts out with a Schindler's List-style black and white representation of a train full of Jews on their way to a concentration camp (that's if Schindler's List had been produced by Corky St. Clair and the residents of Blaine, Missouri). But just as you think you've settled into the clip's aesthetic, along comes -- well, best you see for yourself...

"That Jew Died for You." Way to keep it classy.

Again, even if you think all faith is silly, the idea of trying to undercut the views of the people who were singled out for extermination just before their day of remembrance is pretty damn indefensible. I'm not sure this is the worst thing that's ever been on the internet, but it's definitely tasteless. And given that it has more than a million hits on YouTube right now, it's not like nobody's seeing it. It was engineered to cause a stink and get attention, and that's of course exactly what it's doing.

(via Christian Nightmares)