Saturday, February 2, 2008

Hitler Banned From Rio Carnival

A judge blocked the Viradouro samba school in Rio de Janeiro, from displaying their float in next weeks samba parade after months of preparations.

The theme of the parade was "It Gives You Goose Bumps."

The Viradouro group decided that a pile of naked, emaciated baby corpses with a dancing Hitler on top representing the Holocaust gave them Goose Bumps.

Their original idea was to represent a duet between Celine Dion and David Hasselhoff but even the thought of it made members nauseous.

The Jewish Federation of Rio de Janeiro were outraged, federation spokesman Jose Roitberg said:
"It's inadmissible that they could have a parade float depicting dead Jews and a live Hitler on top of them."

The designer of the float, Paulo Barros, wept as workers tore it apart and said the group meant no disrespect by depicting holocaust victims lying dead and rotting with Hitler dancing on them.

"This an extremely serious work, and people think we're mocking," he said, tears streaming from his eyes with a dumb clueless look on his face, "its just a Holocaust."

"We're going to speak now of the right to freedom even insensitive morons have the right to free speech, have you never read Old Knudsen?"

Rio de Janeiro state Judge Juliana Kalichszteim called the float a "clear trivialization of barbaric events."

"I thinks it's in terribly bad taste," said sociologist and carnival scholar Roberto DaMatta. But it makes sense considering the festival's sacrilegious origins, he added.

"The only problem is we're not in the Middle Ages anymore."

The Roman Catholic Church, which doesn't want depictions of the Virgin Mary or Christ have made carnival groups change floats before.

In 2004, the Grande Rio group had to alter a float depicting Adam and Eve having sex and another featuring sexy scenes from Hinduism's Kama Sutra after the Catholic Church sued over the parade advocating condom use as the Catholic Church supports the spread of aids and STD's among the 15000 or so half naked drunken people.
Brazil was the only South American country to join the fight in Europe against the Nazis.

Next year the Viradouro group plan to avoid controversy with a float depicting Mohammed and suicide bombers holding limbs of children. Paulo Barros added, "who could possibly be offended by that?"

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