Posted by Ron Coleman on January 29, 2008
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A Carnival float with a pile of model dead bodies commemorating the Holocaust is causing unease before the lavish parades in Rio de Janeiro this weekend.The Viradouro samba organization, or school, plans to feature the grim display when it marches in the Sambadrome parade strip on Sunday, despite objections from a local Jewish group. . . .
Viradouro insisted its Holocaust float is not meant to offend anyone.
“The float is extremely respectful, it’s a warning, it’s something shocking that we don’t want to happen ever again,” said Paulo Barros, Viradouro’s artistic director.
Extremely respectful, extremely.
Well, give Reuters credit for this — they didn’t put “Holocaust” in quotes. Have their stockholders seen this yet?