One of the few out-of-the-closet entertainment industry conservatives, comedian Tim Allen, a few days ago on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” invoked fascism to describe the plight of right-wingers in Hollywood:
“You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. It’s like ’30s Germany.”
I thought that was an overwrought comparison – everyone, on the left or on the right, should be careful invoking Hitler in the context of today’s politics. That doesn’t mean being a conservative amongst the tolerant artists crowd is not a very career limiting move – unless you are really famous like Arnie or Clint. But you don’t end up in a concentration camp either.
Needless to say, Allan got slammed by Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect:
Tim, have you lost your mind? No one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s – the world’s most evil program of dehumanization, imprisonment and mass brutality, implemented by an entire national government, as the prelude for the genocide of nearly an entire people.
Sorry, Tim, that’s just not the same as getting turned down for a movie role. It’s time for you to leave your bubble to apologize to the Jewish people and, to be sure, the other peoples also targeted by the Nazis.
The problem is that the respectably sounding Anne Frank Centre – who could say anything against Anne Frank – is basically another left-wing political vehicle of agitation for all the favourite causes:
Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is a progressive voice for social justice, fighting hatred of refugees and immigrants, Antisemitism, sexism, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, bias against the differently abled and any other hate that runs counter to American promise of freedom. In addressing the civil and human rights issues of today, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect has developed contemporary advocacy techniques that incorporate historic lessons from Anne Frank’s life and the Holocaust. By applying those historic lessons to current issues, the organization works to make the Holocaust relevant to successive generations of Americans.
If you look through the Centre’s media activity, you will note its constant bashing of the Trump administration as anti-Semitic and xenophobic (Trump is “driving our nation off a moral cliff“, “The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration”, etc.). What you won’t note is the Centre criticising anyone not on the right of politics – the left-wing or Muslim anti-Semites for example – or for that matter telling any of the prominent people currently comparing Trump’s America to Nazi Germany that they have “lost their mind”.
Making everything seem like the Holocaust is not making it relevant to successive generations of Americans, it’s trivialising it.