This post isn’t funny.
I’ve covered “Jewdar” in a couple recent posts, rather jokingly noting advertisers on Facebook trying to target people based on their religion, an option not available to these advertisers so it leads to some funny situations, and some tongue in cheek musings about it all.
For the second time in a month, I’ve come across another form of targeting based on religion: anti-Semitic comments on Flickr photos.
The first time, I reported the user to Flickr and deleted the alert about it. I see no record of the comment so it seems like Flickr deleted it. I have no record of it, something I regret now.
This time, I’m doing something differently: I’m sharing it. I can’t just wish anti-Semitism away, just like I can’t wish away sexism or racism or any other kind of discrimination or prejudicial hatred. I can expose this though. I can’t say I have a grand plan for why, but by getting this out in the open, and perhaps hearing what others have encountered, down the road something fruitful will come out of it.
Note: if you’re easily offended, stop reading here. I’m posting the comment below in text and in screenshots.
Here’s what “Mike Schatzel” shared with me:
mikeschatzel said (8 hours ago):
Hey you are Jewish arent you? HAHAHA now thats funny…not because of your huge shnoz but because if you didnt shave you would resemble a retarded wookie…nice smile. No wonder your wife looks the way she does…hey look at me, I am wearing a Twitter shirt and i am Jewish…hahaha youre a jew? Hey look at me I am jewish and afraid of ovens!!!
Here’s the link to the photo. Note that Flickr may remove the comment at any time.
Here’s the screenshot of the email I received with the offending comment:
Here’s the comment as it appears on Flickr:
If you’ve encountered this before, or have anything at all to add here, I welcome hearing it, and I’m sure some others will too.
UPDATE August 4, 2009: The same poster struck again, with the same username no less. His account was apparently deleted by Flickr, finally.
mikeschatzel [deleted] says:
2009 bitch…you a dirty heeb too? I hate Jews…they are all just more retarded forms of wookie’s…with money, that they use to turn off electricity to ovens out of fear…fear bitch!